Ellucian Awards $50,000 to Institutions Committed to Student Success

SAIT Polytechnic, North Iowa Area Community College, and Prairie View A&M University receive top honors in Ellucian’s Student Success Challenge

Published Friday, April 10, 2015 - Fairfax, Va.

Ellucian, the leading global provider for higher education software and services, today announced winners of its Student Success Challenge, which was designed to highlight innovative approaches that colleges and universities are taking to address the factors that determine whether students will achieve their educational goals.

The Student Success Challenge was introduced during a general session at Ellucian Live 2014, the company’s annual user conference that attracts more than 8,000 attendees by Ellucian’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Michael Betz.

“It was evident in the quality of submissions received that student success is top-of-mind for so many of the colleges and universities that we serve” said Betz. “We’re proud to highlight a handful of the innovative approaches and are honored that institutions see a direct correlation between Ellucian’s solutions and delivering on their mission of student success.”

First Place: SAIT Polytechnic

“We are honored to receive first place in Ellucian’s Student Success Challenge. The $15,000 scholarship contribution directly supports our goal to increase the success rate of students, providing them an opportunity to leave our institution with a credential,” said Mark Wall, Academic Chair of Student Retention at SAIT Polytechnic. “We recognize the power of Banner® and the role it plays, as we improve how we manage and serve our students on academic probation." 

Second Place: North Iowa Area Community College

“North Iowa Area Community College is pleased to be acknowledged in Ellucian’s Student Success Challenge,” said Terri Ewers, Vice President for Student Services at North Iowa Area Community College. “We’ve seen a positive impact from our instructors and staff using Colleague Retention Alert to identify students at risk, so that intervention methods can be implemented. We will be seeking opportunities to share our initiatives and outcomes with peer institutions.”

Third Place: Prairie View A&M University

“I am thrilled that Prairie View A&M University was named as an award recipient of the Ellucian Student Success Challenge.  It's an honor to receive this award when I know that we competed among many worthy colleges and universities for this recognition," explained Dr. Felecia McInnis Nave, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. "We have a student population that is second to none and we, as a university, want them to walk away with the education and skills that they need to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.  This award will help us reach students who may need additional funding to help them further pursue their scholastic dreams."

Ten institutions received honorable mentions and $2,500 in credits towards Ellucian Professional Services engagements. 


About Ellucian

Inspired by the transformative impact of education, Ellucian develops solutions that power the essential work of colleges and universities. As the world’s leading provider of software and services designed for higher education, Ellucian works with more than 2,500 institutions in nearly 50 countries—enhancing operations and enriching the experience for over 18 million students.

Ellucian provides student information systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics and advancement software solutions. With more than 1,400 institutions subscribing to Ellucian’s cloud services and SaaS offerings, the company is one of the largest providers of cloud-based solutions in higher education. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting.

Ellucian brings power, passion, and performance to bear for higher education, and its ability to better our world. Visit Ellucian at www.ellucian.com.

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