Why having an expert partner is essential for change

Key Takeaways

  • Change is uncomfortable but necessary to meet the needs of students
  • Lowering the barriers to change makes the process more successful
  • Having a partner who understands both technology and people is essential

Kevin Quinn, President, Aquinas College

People—especially people who have been in the workforce for a while—they're nervous about change. They’ve got things dialed in the way they like them, the way that they think works best. And when you change the way that somebody goes about the routine parts of their job, you have to be attentive to the fact that that's jarring, it's uncomfortable for people.

There is almost nobody that loves change. But one of my jobs is to make sure that we are continuing at the appropriate pace in order to meet the needs of our students.

Change is hard. Change is hard, and it's necessary. And the extent to which you can lower the barriers for making real change, the better off you're going to be.

Having expert partners who understand not just the technological part of it, but also the people part of it, which Ellucian does very well, I think is essential.

Kevin Quinn, President, Aquinas College

Ellucian brings people in with the understanding that this is going to be hard for them, and they've been through this before. Rest assured, if you bring these folks in, it's not going to be their first rodeo. And the commonality of experiences that I have heard from my peers who have done the same thing tells me that that's the case. So, bite the bullet, and get it done.

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