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Oregon University Deploys Lifelong Learning Software

One Oregon university will deploy a continuing education management system to help cut costs on the administration of certificate programs.

Specifically, Portland State University has selected Destiny One, which provides constituent, enrollment, and administrative management in one location.

Some features of Destiny One include:

  • Advanced search engine optimization;
  • A branded Web presence;
  • Data mining;
  • Targeted marketing campaigns;
  • A dashboard that provides monitoring of degree progression, and student goals in real time; and
  • Cross-marketing of courses.

Destiny One also provides financial and operational reporting tools such as analysis of marketing campaigns and enrollments, and profitability of courses and programs. The software consolidates data across students, partners, courses, and programs.

In addition, the software centralizes finance and accounting processes such as registration, invoicing and payments, and refunds and credits in a single workflow system. Destiny One also synchronizes with student information, learning management, and payment processing systems.

Destiny Solutions, the creator of Destiny One, will be helping the university transfer its marketing, enrollment, and administrative data from multiple databases into a single system. The university's School of Education and School of Extended Studies also plan to use the software for Web-based enrollment, which will provide students with more registration and payment options.

"Portland State's long-term viability in the certificate area depends upon a streamlined approach that improves access to our programs for adult learners and reduces costs," said Kevin Reynolds, vice provost for academic fiscal strategies and planning.

Portland State University has approximately 30,000 students enrolled in more than 60 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs in areas such as fine and performing arts, business administration, liberal arts and sciences, education, and engineering and computer systems. The School of Extended Studies includes a professional development center; Extended Campus, a partnership program with Oregon community colleges to let students finish bachelor's degrees; integrated administrative services; independent study; and Summer Session.

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