Ellucian Draws More Than 8,800 Attendees at
Ellucian Live 2015 in New Orleans

New CEO announces acquisition of competency-based education learning management system;
cloud offering for Banner® by Ellucian and Colleague® by Ellucian in 2016

Published Monday, April 13, 2015 - New Orleans, LA

Ellucian, the leading global provider for higher education software and services, has attracted more than 8,800 registered attendees to Ellucian Live 2015 in New Orleans, making it the world’s largest user conference in higher education.

This year, Ellucian Live is serving as a platform for the company to make industry-shifting announcements around its cloud-based products and the future of its ERP systems, Banner® by Ellucian and Colleague® by Ellucian, which power many colleges and universities around the globe.

As part of Ellucian’s commitment to student success, the company is announcing the major acquisition of a next generation, cloud-only competency-based education learning management system, along with the launch of a development partner program.

The week-long conference features over 800 presentations as well as guest keynotes by Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, and Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist Steve Wozniak, who shared the stage with new Ellucian president and chief executive officer, Jeff Ray. The role of Ellucian’s technologies in helping institutions achieve student success is a major point of conversation this year.

“College and university leaders are intensely focused on student success. They’re tackling challenges that will define the future of how post-secondary education is delivered, attained, and managed,” said Jeff Ray, president and chief executive officer at Ellucian. “We recognize that the solution to these challenges, in part, lies in the technology helping institutions accomplish their goals. Ellucian continues to evolve as the needs of students, faculty, and staff that we ultimately serve continues to change.”

Acquisition of Next Generation Competency Based Education LMS, Launch of Development Partner Program

Ellucian has acquired Helix Education’s competency-based education LMS and introduced a 2015 development partner program to collaborate with customers on the next-generation, cloud-only solution.   

As the non-traditional student stands to make up a significant majority of learners by 2019, Ellucian is investing in technologies that align with priorities of colleges and universities it serves. CBE programs offer a promising new way for institutions to reduce the cost and time of obtaining a high-quality degree that aligns with the skills required by today’s employers.

“We’re excited to now be part of Ellucian,” said Pankaj Sharma, new vice president of product and engineering at Ellucian. “Combining the capabilities of Ellucian’s portfolio with the power of this solution will reset the standard for an integrated learning environment. We’re going to take learner analytics to a whole new level.”

Ellucian’s new competency-based education LMS solution will integrate with Ellucian’s Banner and Colleague Student Information Systems.

For more information about Ellucian’s recent acquisition, visit our page.

Banner and Colleague in the Cloud in 2016

Ellucian is announcing that Banner and Colleague, two of the most widely-used ERP systems in higher education, will be available as cloud-based systems by the end of 2016.

As highlighted in Ovum’s 2015 Trends to Watch: Higher Education report, colleges and universities are increasingly viewing the cloud as a sustainable IT delivery model. 

Ellucian’s cloud strategy offers institutions a cost-effective transition, built on a safe and reliable cloud platform. The company is providing its 2,400 customers with the power to choose their path to the cloud, recognizing that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, as institutional needs vary.

Ellucian’s Student Information Systems will join products like Ellucian Elevate and Ellucian Recruiter, which are currently available as cloud offerings.

For more information about Ellucian’s Cloud Strategy, visit our page.


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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