University of Georgia Chooses Banner by Ellucian and Services to Better Support Students and Faculty

Tuesday, June 05, 2012


The University of Georgia has licensed a suite of software solutions and services from Ellucian to help deliver personalized and intuitive online access for learners while also delivering key administrative functionality to help the university support student success.

The university licensed Banner by Ellucian and an array of tailored services following an extensive fit-gap process led by a third-party consultant.  The process involved an interdisciplinary team that considered all options, including open source and building their own system, as well as other vendor solutions.

“We believe Banner will benefit our students by providing greater accessibility and usability in an intuitive platform that can help them be successful from the very beginning of their college experience,” said Laura D. Jolly, UGA vice president for instruction.  “Banner also will provide increased efficiency and productivity for our faculty and staff by connecting all the functional administrative pieces and streamlining business processes in order to improve student services, and support and administrative functions, and provide increased access to data to better support data-driven decisions.”

The university also expects that Banner will enable:

  • New reporting capabilities like dashboards and early alerts that can lead to better decision making and improved student support
  • Ability to leverage best practices supported by the Banner administrative system, and an opportunity to review existing business processes for areas of improvement
  • A single integrated data system, eliminating redundancy and  improving accuracy
  • More communication and collaboration among departments fostered by an integrated, shared database
  • Ability to respond to faculty requests for new functionality

The migration from the university’s legacy system to Banner, coupled with the reengineering of its overall internal information structure, also is expected to deliver considerable IT efficiencies.  For example, accessing and retrieving data will no longer require extensive coding, and the university will need to interact only with one vendor for Banner software support. 

Ellucian will implement and manage Banner through its Application Management Services as well as provide programming support for the institution’s current mainframe.  This approach frees up the university’s internal IT staff from the enormous workload associated with implementing a new ERP and allows them to focus on delivering other key functionality in support of students and faculty.

“We are taking a strong multi-faceted service approach to our implementation and support of Banner,” said Timothy M. Chester, UGA vice president for information technology. “Ellucian offers economies of scale and specialized expertise around its products that we can’t create ourselves.  They also have the experience and product knowledge to extract the fullest potential from a Banner application from the start.”

“The university took a very strategic approach to selecting a mix of services that meet their unique needs and that will give them maximum benefit in the shortest amount of time,” said Bruce Bleiman, senior vice president, customer relationships, Ellucian.  “We are pleased to support them as they undergo this significant transition to a more productive and student-centered digital campus."

About The University of Georgia

Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is America’s first chartered state university and Georgia’s largest and most comprehensive educational institution. More information on the university is available at www.uga.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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