Minnesota College Selects Ellucian to Help Drive IT Efficiencies and Enhance Student Success

Thursday, July 05, 2012


Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. has selected Ellucian to help manage the institution’s IT functions as well as expand its online programs. The new relationship began June 1.

“We understand the important role that technology plays in the teaching and learning process today, and we’re committed to investing in tools that will ensure the success of our students,” said Northwestern President Alan S. Cureton, Ph.D. “After careful review, we decided that Ellucian is the right company to help us achieve those objectives, and we look forward to their support in aligning our college’s IT with the school’s strategic mission and objectives.”

The contract calls for Ellucian to provide the college with onsite IT management, including a CIO, technical director, an enterprise application director, and technical support liaisons. Remote staff will provide support on an as-needed basis. Technicians will manage the college’s Banner administrative system, monitor its infrastructure, and provide students, faculty, and staff with 24/7 help desk support.

The company also will be supporting Northwestern in developing new online programs following a marketing analysis as well as building a new online Principles of Art course and refreshing some existing courses. An onsite academic technology director and manager of instructional design will help manage the college’s existing design staff as well as provide academic technology support for all faculty.

“Northwestern is recognized as a top tier Midwestern Christian liberal arts college with more than 70 areas of study in undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree completion programs,” said Bruce Bleiman, Ellucian’s senior vice president for North America customer relationships. “We look forward to working with the college’s leadership team to further that reputation by enhancing its IT resources.”

About Northwestern College

Founded in 1902, Northwestern College is a private Christian liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minn. offering more than 70 areas of study, five master’s degrees and several associate degree and certificate programs. More than 3,000 students representing 33 states and 19 countries are enrolled in Northwestern’s traditional undergraduate and graduate and continuing education programs. Visit www.nwc.edu.

About Ellucian

Ellucian is the world’s leading provider of software, services and insight to higher education. Ellucian helps the higher education community—students, faculty, and staff—achieve their goals more efficiently, effectively, and with reduced risk. Ellucian’s comprehensive suite of software solutions includes student information systems (SIS), finance and HR systems, recruiting and retention systems, among other offerings.  With more than 1,500 institutions subscribing to Ellucian’s cloud services and SaaS offerings, the company is one of the largest providers of cloud-based solutions. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services, such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting. More than 2,400 institutions in 40 countries rely on Ellucian to help enable the mission of higher education. Visit Ellucian at www.ellucian.com, follow Ellucian on Twitter ( @EllucianInc) and join the conversation on our ConnectED blog.

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