College of Westchester Moves to Timecruiser LMS and Portal
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY has selected Timecruiser's Solution Suite--CampusCruiser and CourseCruiser LMS--as its academic portal and learning management system. The university is also using the Cruiser Alert emergency notification and messaging application. The programs are delivered as software as a service.
The two products were chosen to replace current systems after an extensive review process and intensive testing, the college said in a statement. The campus has been a user of Blackboard and CampusManagement's CampusVue applications.
"CampusCruiser will give us integration with our ERP system, communities and collaboration tools, such as student profiles and clubs, professional committees, Cruiser Café Social Network, blogs, and e-mail and calendaring solutions," said CIO Kelly Walsh. "When all of our online, hybrid, and technology-enhanced face to face courses are transitioned to CourseCruiser LMS, we will be able to provide a seamless user experience, encouraging collaboration among instructors, students, committees, and teams."
In a blog entry about Timecruiser, Walsh wrote, "Licensing costs are very attractive--we licensed the product for less than the cost of just one of the products that it displaced, and incurred no costs at all for infrastructure thanks to the application's SaaS model (in fact, we are freeing up several servers that were used to run displaced apps, which can now be redeployed elsewhere)!"
The college has 980 students and a faculty of 92, according to its published statistics.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.