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Virginia State University

Moving to the cloud for the long-term strategy. 

Challenge

Build a more sustainable, cost-effective technology model to support strategic goals and changing student needs

Results
  • Improved user experience for all 
  • Cost-effective, low-disruption transition to the cloud 
  • Top-line security and disaster recovery services

Virginia State University moved to the cloud to provide better support to students, faculty, and staff.

Like many institutions, Virginia State University often finds itself forced to do more with less. Its top priority is ensuring that “more” equates to activities that directly impact student success. 

Recently, the university’s executive leaders assessed how IT was impacting this equation. At a time when technology needs were growing in scope and complexity, they faced several IT challenges: 

  • Attracting skilled talent and providing constant training 
  • Minimizing disruptions to mission critical administrative systems 
  • Reducing cost of technology ownership and making management sustainable 
  • Increasing IT security and disaster recovery capabilities 
  • Maintaining IT infrastructure and not supporting students, faculty, and staff

“When we looked at the long term,” said Hubert D. Harris, Chief of Staff at VSU, “we saw that a significant change to our information technology model would yield far greater return than trying to find smaller efficiencies here and there over time.” 

The model that made the most sense, both financially and strategically, was moving their ERP system to Ellucian Cloud Services. 

“All of a sudden we have IT staff available to address some of our biggest business challenges, such as enrollment management, analytics, student services, and other areas that are highly visible and therefore highly important to our constituents,” said Dr. Weldon Hill, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Virginia State University. “That’s how I know this was a sound decision.”

Technology will never stop changing, nor will the expectations of our end users—especially students. There aren’t many universities with the resources needed to support constant, rapid change without sacrificing cost-effectiveness or strategic focus. We are making sure that technology will enable, not limit, us wherever we need to go long term.

Dr. Weldon Hill, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Virginia State University
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