Ellucian Delivers Extensible Ecosystem (XE) Updates for Banner® by Ellucian and Colleague® by Ellucian

Continued growth in cloud-enabled solutions help institutions support students, faculty and staff

Published Monday, April 18, 2016 - DENVER, CO

Ellucian, the leading global provider for higher education software and services, today announced the growth of its cloud-enabled Extensible Ecosystem (XE) with updates to Banner® Human Resources and Colleague® by Ellucian. These updates allow institutions to empower students and employees with cloud-ready solutions for managing their resources and workflow, seamlessly.

Ellucian XE is a strategic architecture that makes it easier and more efficient for implementing, managing, and extending technology solutions. XE’s flexible framework means institutions can expand or adopt new Ellucian solutions as priorities shift, without sacrificing existing technology investments.

“We believe that cloud technology will push higher education to new levels of efficiency, which directly improves the overall student experience,” said Toby Williams, senior vice president and chief product and strategy officer at Ellucian. “Because technology advances at such a rapid rate, we knew that in order to make strategic investments, institutions need to know they have the flexibility to evolve as new solutions become available. The updates to Banner® and Colleague® streamline operational efficiencies for institutions and deliver a modernized user interface that delights students, faculty, and staff in every day processes.”

Ellucian XE for Banner

Banner Human Resources by Ellucian provides higher education institutions with a rich and flexible toolset built to increase workforce performance and efficiency. The Banner HR solution promotes employee satisfaction and success by using cloud-enabled technology that helps institutions manage faculty and payroll, recruit the best talent, and deliver necessary services. Release 9.0 of Banner HR, driven by the Ellucian XE strategy, features an updated user interface, improved accessibility and enhanced flexibility and navigation.

“The new features to Banner HR Release 9.0 will help Utah State University decrease support costs and other frustrations in full magnitude,” said Eric Hawley, Ph.D., CIO at Utah State University. “One main issue is that many web browsers are rapidly discontinuing support of legacy Java clients and Java apps and clients, which includes some USU web pages. With Banner HR Release 9.0, we can focus on the pages that require updates so we can incrementally grow our overall products. This flexibility is a strategic difference for USU.”

Colleague by Ellucian

As a versatile higher education Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, Colleague by Ellucian unites entire institutions to keep students, faculty, and staff productive and engaged. Colleague functionality allows stakeholders to stay on top of the processes that are most important to them. Colleague’s mobile ready financial aid solution guides a student step-by-step through the process for applying and accepting the financial aid they need.

“Colleague Financial Aid is helping students with financial literacy and loan counseling conversations – students are understanding responsible borrowing and the best use of financial aid to bring the student to graduation,” said Mark Martin, Financial Aid Director at Northwood University

Applying the Ellucian XE framework, Colleague is also providing an updated user interface that will modernize each constituent’s experience while incorporating innovation without disruption and improving accessibility.

Banner by Ellucian and Colleague by Ellucian will be on display at Ellucian Live 2016, April 17-20 at the Colorado Convention Center.


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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