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Shawnee State U Turns to Cloud Suite to Improve Recruiting, Reduce Costs

Ohio's Shawnee State University has adopted a suite of cloud-based software to improve recruiting and optimize internal operations in response to a mandate from Governor Kasich to lower the cost of education in the state.

With Shawnee State's previous, on premise recruiting solution, it was difficult to target the potential students who were likely to be the best fit and to follow through to make sure they chose the university. The university sought a replacement that would offer solutions for the entire student lifecycle, including student success and finances.

Eventually, the 3,800-student university with 700 employees settled on Oracle's Cloud Suite.

"Their previous IT department was too small to handle the level of needs for their constituents," according to a news release. "However, through the implementation of Oracle's Cloud solution, the university will be utilizing a single cloud solution that helps manage recruitment processes to seek out best-fit students; this also enables them to focus on serving their constituents in a timelier manner."

The suite includes Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise Performance Management, Human Capital Management and Student Cloud CX. The school also plans to adopt the company's student information system, Student Management Cloud, at a later date.

"We believe that implementing Oracle's Cloud solutions will help us meet our priority of being a student-focused university by leveraging the latest technology all under a single unified cloud experience," said Elinda Boyles, vice president for finance and administration at Shawnee State University, in a prepared statement. "We are fortunate that Shawnee State University President Rick Kurtz has forward-thinking vision and commitment to the university's long-term success. This effort will improve operational efficiencies and better align our IT resources."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].

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