Ellucian and Board Middle East Partner to Support Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Higher Education Digital Transformation

Partnership to leverage local expertise and deliver Ellucian Banner to higher education institutions

RESTON, VA and RIYADH, KSA — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced a partnership with Board Middle East (BME), an education solutions distributor with clients spanning 11 countries in the Middle East. BME will resell and implement Ellucian Banner in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where it has a strong presence with more than 50 clients in the education space.

Ellucian Banner is a comprehensive ERP solution designed for higher education. Banner solutions improve processes and workflows across the full spectrum of higher ed functions including student success, financial aid, HR and finance, among others.

General Manager of BME, Imran Afaq said, “We are delighted to partner with Ellucian as we share many similarities in our approach and ambition. Every day we are inspiring people to find new ways to learn, connect, and drive change in the way education is delivered and experienced. The partnership with Ellucian strengthens our offering to our clients bringing the best of breed in EdTech.”

“With Banner, Ellucian customers benefit from modernized technology operations resulting in improved processes and a better user experience for students, faculty and staff,” said Darren Hunt, SVP and Managing Director, EMEA and APAC, Ellucian. “Our customers are our priority, and we recognize the importance of strong, on the ground support. As we expand our footprint and support digital transformation for more higher education institutions in the region, we are pleased to partner with BME based on their local expertise and relationships across The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

For more information on Ellucian Banner, visit: https://www.ellucian.com/solutions/ellucian-banner.

About Board Middle East

At Board Middle East (BME), we are shaping the future of education with big ideas that challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning. Every day we inspire people to find new ways of learning, connect and drive change in the way education is delivered and experienced. Through technology and services, we bring people closer to the knowledge they seek and make their world better.

By partnering with clients and vendors across the Middle East and abroad, we’ve built the best technologies and solutions to help advance our industry in meaningful ways. But we’re not just building new learning products; we’re building a new way for learning.

Established in 2010 as a local company, BME has become in 2011, the Master Distributor of Blackboard for the Middle East. With offices in Riyadh, Dubai and other parts of Middle-East, BME work closely with partners throughout the region to make its online learning solutions available to schools, universities, corporations, government and military organizations.


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Seven Generations Education Institute

Cloud Technologies Will Improve Experience for Students, Faculty and Staff

July 20, 2021— FORT FRANCES, Ontario and RESTON, Va. —Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced that Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) has selected Ellucian Colleague SaaS to modernize its technology operations.  A new Ellucian customer, SGEI joins more than 1,100 institutions worldwide that are in the cloud with Ellucian.

An Indigenous-led educational organization serving the Treaty Three area and beyond, Seven Generations Education Institute selected Ellucian Colleague SaaS to upgrade and integrate its technology systems. The comprehensive and cloud-based ERP will streamline processes, empower faculty and staff with greater access to data, and support student success with a better user experience. In addition, SGEI has selected Ellucian Intelligent Learning Platform (ILP) to streamline integrations and reduce maintenance between the learning management system (LMS) and other applications.

“SGEI’s strategic transition to Ellucian Colleague’s SaaS environment is driven by our growing needs as an Indigenous Institute dedicated to community-based Anishinaabe education. This partnership will support prospective students from admissions to engagement to graduation,” said Angela Mainville, Director of Post-Secondary Education, Seven Generations Education Institute. “Ellucian Colleague will help SGEI break barriers for new and existing students, support our admissions and program delivery teams, allow for more time to be dedicated to student supports, and enable us to deliver Anishinaabe language and customs to our communities.”

“We are committed to supporting the mission of all indigenous institutions and look forward to partnering in service of Seven Generation’s philosophy to blend culture, tradition, information and technology,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “Part of Ellucian’s open, SaaS-platform, Colleague and ILP will support SGEI as they evolve their technology ecosystem and empower students to succeed in the modern world. In addition to improving collaboration and simplifying processes, the platform will deliver robust capabilities including integrated reporting, which is essential for meeting regulatory requirements in the region.”

For more information on Ellucian Colleague, visit: https://www.ellucian.com/solutions/ellucian-colleague.


About Seven Generations Education Institute

Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) is an Indigenous-led educational organization that provides secondary, post-secondary, training for employment, driver’s training and other programming to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the Treaty #3 area and beyond. With campuses in Fort Frances, Sioux Lookout and Kenora and secondary education classrooms in more than 20 communities in Northwestern Ontario, SGEI aims to provide culturally enriched community-based and student-centered learning opportunities for everyone. For more information, visit 7generations.org.

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Bimm Students

Ellucian Solutions to Improve User Experience, Support BIMM’s Expansion Goals

July 13, 2021 – RESTON, Va. and EAST SUSSEX, England– Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced that The BIMM Group, the largest specialist provider of creative arts education in the UK, has selected Ellucian to modernise its technology operations.  A new Ellucian customer, BIMM joins more than 1,100 institutions worldwide that are in the cloud with Ellucian.

BIMM will be using Ellucian Banner Student with Ellucian Managed Cloud, a student information system (SIS) to support registration, enrolment, grading, advising, and course planning. In addition, BIMM’s suite of Ellucian cloud-based solutions will include CRM Recruit, CRM Advise, Intelligent Learning Platform (ILP) and Ethos, to enable future growth and development in a connected environment. Implementing these solutions across BIMM’s colleges and future colleges will automate processes to improve efficiencies and ensure consistency with an improved experience for students and staff. BIMM’s technology modernisation will make it easier to incorporate new colleges in the future. Ellucian’s cloud-based solutions support institutional transformation, student engagement and success across all stages of the student lifecycle.

“Today the BIMM Group has 8 colleges across Europe, serving the music industry established through strategic acquisitions and new campus roll-outs.  As part of strategic diversification, BIMM has also moved into the broader creative arts education market with the acquisition of performing arts and film schools, consolidating BIMM as a hub for its three creative arts areas: Music, Performing Arts and Filmmaking,” said David Jones-Owen, Chief Operating Officer, The BIMM Group.  “With over 8,000 students and to continue to grow, the institution needed a scalable student record system, and we look forward to implementing the Banner product which will enhance our student experience and streamline business processes across multiple geographies and curriculum areas.”

“Leveraging our cloud solutions, BIMM’s unique model will realize the benefits of a modern technology ecosystem, including seamless integrations, resiliency and scalability. Efficiencies gained will span their growing footprint across Europe,” said Darren Hunt, Senior Vice President and Managing Director EMEA and APAC, Ellucian. “We welcome BIMM to the Ellucian customer community and look forward to helping them meet their strategic goals for improved business operations and expansion.”

About BIMM

BIMM provides university-level education courses in modern music, performing arts, and filmmaking to over 8,000 students across 12 colleges in the UK, Ireland, and Germany. It has established itself as the market leader through a long-standing commitment to providing the highest quality creative arts education, allowing students to maximise their career potentials.

The BIMM Group is made up of BIMM Institute, Institute for Contemporary Theatre, Performers College, Northern Ballet School, and Screen and Film School. This wide network of colleges provides unique opportunities for students to collaborate creatively on projects with others working in music, performing arts, and film.


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Ellucian Honored as Stevie® Award Winner in 2021 American Business Awards®

Ellucian Live Online 2020 Recognized for Excellence in Customer Engagement

RESTON, VA — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, has won the Bronze Stevie® Award in the 19th Annual American Business Awards®. The company won for Ellucian Live Online 2020 for excellence in customer engagement.

The American Business Awards® are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be virtually presented to winners during a live event on Wednesday, June 30.

Ellucian Live is an annual user conference that brings together thousands of higher education leaders. In response to the pandemic, and with input from more than 1,300 customers, the Ellucian team pivoted quickly to a virtual format that brought together the higher education community—providing complimentary access to content and best practices during a critical time.

Ellucian transformed the three-day conference into an online program with nearly triple the attendees. Programming was spread across six months to adapt to the changing COVID environment and incorporate content about current events, including racial inequity and the shifting higher education landscape. Content and outreach were customized by role and registrations grew to 22,000 across 160 sessions.

“This Stevie Award recognition highlights Ellucian’s commitment to our customers,” said Sharon Loeb, Chief Marketing Officer, Ellucian. “By delivering timely, relevant, personalized content at a time when the global higher education community faced unprecedented challenges, we exceeded expectations for engagement, reach, and impact. I’m proud of what our team accomplished, and that this momentum continued with our record-setting Ellucian Live 2021. As we plan for Ellucian Live 2022, we are excited to build on these successes and to continue navigating the future of higher education together with our customers.”

More than 3,800 nominations – a record number - from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Virtual Event of the Year, and App of the Year, among others. Ellucian Live Online was nominated in the Events category for Corporate & Community — Customer Engagement Event.

More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie® Award winners.

“The American economy continues to show its resilience, and as we’re poised on the beginning of what should be a phenomenal period of growth, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of a wide range of organizations and people over the past 18 months,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher. “This year’s Stevie-winning nominations in The American Business Awards are testament to the ingenuity, the commitment, the passion, the adaptability, and the creativity of the American people. We look forward to celebrating this year’s winners during our virtual ceremony on June 30.”

Details about The American Business Awards® and the list of 2021 Stevie® Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

About the Stevie Awards

About the Stevie Awards Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. The Stevies also produce the annual Women|Future Conference. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at https://www.StevieAwards.com.

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Southwestern Adventist University Moves to the Cloud with Ellucian

Technology Modernization to Improve Experience for Students, Faculty and Staff

KEENE, TX and RESTON, VA — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced that Southwestern Adventist University has selected Ellucian Colleague SaaS to modernize its technology operations. As a new Ellucian customer, Southwestern Adventist University joins more than 1,100 institutions worldwide that have chosen Ellucian as their cloud partner.

Southwestern Adventist University chose Ellucian Colleague SaaS, a comprehensive ERP system, to integrate solutions across admissions, registration, student services, advising, assessment, financial aid, human resources and finance. Connecting these solutions will streamline and improve the overall student experience and will eliminate manual processes to improve efficiencies for administrators, faculty and staff.

“The new Colleague platform will modernize existing processes resulting in a better user experience across campus. We are excited to partner with Ellucian to provide these important improvements that will allow for more effective interactions as we strive to fulfill the mission of the university,” said Ana Patterson, Interim President, Southwestern Adventist University.

“Moving to the cloud with Colleague SaaS will empower Southwestern Adventist University leaders with integrated data across systems to make informed institutional decisions. Ellucian’s open, interoperable ecosystem will drive operational efficiencies and free up resources, allowing faculty and staff to focus on helping students reach their full potential,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “We look forward to a strong partnership with Southwestern Adventist University as they usher in a new era of modernization to improve the student experience.”

For more information on Ellucian cloud solutions visit: https://www.ellucian.com/solutions/transition-cloud.

About Southwestern Adventist University

For nearly 130 years, Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) has offered quality Christian education. A small comprehensive university, the beautiful campus is located in Keene, Texas, about 20 minutes south of Fort Worth. SWAU offers personable professors, numerous programs including business, music, education, nursing, master’s programs and many ways for students to get involved both on campus and abroad.

With a diverse student body that includes international students from dozens of countries and an average student/teacher ratio of 12:1, Southwestern Adventist University offers a unique and personal college experience. Learn more about the university at www.swau.edu.

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University of Birmingham Upgrades to the Cloud with Ellucian to Modernize Technology Operations, Improve User Experience for Students and Staff

Longtime Ellucian Customer Using Banner to Implement StARS+ Digital Transformation Initiative

RESTON, VA and BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced that the University of Birmingham will be upgrading to cloud in support of its digital transformation initiatives. The university, a longtime Ellucian customer, joins the more than 1,100 institutions worldwide that have chosen Ellucian as their cloud partner.

The University of Birmingham’s move to cloud is part of Student Administration Refresh and Simplification (StARS+), a university-wide program to simplify, standardize and improve student administration services, including registration, attendance, student dashboards and processing assessment and results. Ellucian Banner, a comprehensive ERP solution, is a key component of this program and will allow the university to considerably reduce the risks associated with maintaining multiple in-house systems. This will free the university’s IT and Professional Services staff to provide more personalized support to students and faculty instead of focusing on administrative tasks.

In addition, Banner is a key component of the university’s standard curriculum redesign and will support micro-credentials while providing flexibility for their degree classifications.

“Given Birmingham’s long established and successful partnership with Ellucian it made sense to work together to take the next step of the University’s digital transformation journey by migrating to the Cloud. This will provide the platform for the University to realise significant transformational benefits and improve the student and staff experience. At the same time it will allow our systems to respond faster to the increasing demands for change, whether that be regulatory or staff and student expectation driven,” said Mark Gee, CIO, at University of Birmingham.

“For more than 20 years, Ellucian has witnessed firsthand the University of Birmingham’s commitment to providing their students and staff with the best possible experience. Moving to the cloud will streamline processes and empower university leaders with integrated data across systems delivering insights to support student success. We appreciate the trust they have placed in us as the end-to-end partner on their transformation journey," said Darren Hunt, Senior Vice President and Managing Director EMEA and APAC, Ellucian.

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Press Release ITB Gulf

Ellucian and ITB to Support Institutions Seeking to Modernize Technology Operations Using Ellucian Banner

BEIRUT and RESTON, VA — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, and ITB Gulf DMCC are expanding their partnership to further support digital transformation initiatives in Egypt’s higher education system.  Previously, ITB was Ellucian’s partner for the PowerCampus Student Information System in the Middle East.

As part of the collaboration, Ellucian and ITB will support institutions seeking to modernize their technology operations.  Using Ellucian Banner, a comprehensive ERP Solution, institutions will be able to improve their business processes, achieve their strategic goals and facilitate accreditation.  Partnering with ITB brings additional value by adapting the solution to local needs and providing efficient implementation and support whether on premise, in the cloud or hybrid.

“Higher education is our sole focus at Ellucian and we proudly partner with more than 2,700 customers worldwide. Our Banner Student Information System will enable Egypt’s universities to have an integrated digital campus. We have a proud history of working with ITB and look forward to collaborating further with them to support Egypt’s higher education system and offer the best user experience for students, faculty and staff,” said Darren Hunt, SVP and Managing Director, EMEA and APAC, Ellucian.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Ellucian to support Egypt’s higher education institutions with their digital transformation strategies. Having partnered with Ellucian for more than 10 years, this is a natural extension of our relationship to support the region’s higher education needs,” said Charles Achkar, Vice President, ITG Solutions.

About ITB

ITB, an ITG company, has a proven record of accomplishment in the supply and integration of software solutions addressed to vertical markets, including Healthcare, Hospitality and Higher Education.

For more info: www.itb-me.com  

Should you need additional information regarding this announcement, please feel free to contact me or any of the below contacts:

  • Charles Achkar – Vice President, ITG SAL (Holding) and General Manager, ITB SAL – Tel: 01 595590; email: [email protected]
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  • Students get a real-time, complete picture of their progress toward a degree
  • Registration is faster and easier than ever
  • Advisors have more time to make deeper connections with students


Hear a board member, a student, and a dean share their perspectives on how Ellucian Colleague Student Planning helps Mercer County Community College guide their students to on-time graduation. 


Alexandra Salas, dean of the division of innovation, online education, and student success at Mercer County Community College:

Some of the benefits of Colleague Student Planning is that it gives us the flexibility to help students help themselves. Whether you're a part-time advisor, a student success coach, whether you're a faculty member, whether you're new in this whole scheme of advising, if you talk to a student, you can note-take that interaction.  

And then the appropriate person will be able to go back and see exactly when the student was taken care of, what they discussed, and then they can immediately address those students’ concerns. It's a great tool to keep our internal communications in one place in terms of advising.  

It's a wonderful tool for retention, and also for the student because it gives them that level of independence where they can begin to see what their academic plan is going to look like a couple of semesters out. Plus, they can track their progress. 

Oscar Trigueros, student, Mercer County Community College: 

Colleague Student Planning is good to see where you're at, at Mercer. What's your GPA? What classes are you currently enrolled in? What classes are still left to be taken? Let's say I don't want to be a liberal arts major anymore. Maybe I want to do business administration. I could just see the new program.  

It'll tell me, OK, you've already satisfied English 101, 102. You just need to take these remaining courses. It's very useful when it comes to that. It also helps you register courses. It tells you what needs to be taken according to the major. So, it already tells you what needs to be done.  

If I wanted to register before, I would need to get in the line at enrollment services, maybe wait 30 minutes. Whereas now I could just go online and find that out in a minute. It's a lot easier. 

Rob Schreyer, dean of health professions, Mercer County Community College:

Colleague Student Planning has had a significant impact on students that I've worked with, and one that really sticks out—where a student had come to me very frustrated and concerned because she thought that she might be running out of financial aid, and that she wasn't necessarily close to achieving her degree of choice. And through using Student Planning, I was able to show her that she could not only look at the track that she was on with her current major, but also be able to switch majors and see how many of those courses would apply to different majors and related fields.  

She actually identified that she was only a few courses away from graduating in a field and a major that she actually would have preferred to have from the start. So, she was really empowered by that, and was then able to go on and complete within the next semester. Those examples are on a regular basis at this point. I think a number of students being able to look at the information on their own, identify the areas of need, identify whether or not they're on track, is something that they're accustomed to doing in other areas of their life. And now to have that in education will truly empower them and motivate them to be able to complete their degrees.  

The impact that Colleague Student Planning is going to have on faculty is really giving them the opportunity to engage with the student, to be able to show the student their progress, and utilizing Student Planning, and Ellucian as a whole. The faculty will have the ability to be truly autonomous in helping implement those changes without necessarily having to go through the process of calling and emailing multiple people. Just doing it automatically, putting notes in, so that everybody's aware and ultimately serving the student in the best manner.  

Students chart their own course to a degree

With Ellucian Colleague® Student Planning, students play a larger role in degree planning.

Alexandra Salas
Dean of the Division of Innovation, Online education, and Student Success
Mercer County Community College
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  • Time to focus on student- and faculty-facing projects
  • Business continuity for mission critical systems
  • Greater agility and elasticity


Two of the biggest benefits that we've seen since we migrated to the cloud is one, we've really been able to get out of the keeping the lights on business and really move into the strategic-partner business. So because we are spending so much less time patching operating systems, replacing hardware, patching databases, patching applications, all of those kinds of things because we have a partner who does that better than we could do it, we've been able to really focus on projects that are inevitably student-facing or faculty-facing projects that we just never have the time to get to.


One of the other incredible benefits is the risk reduction of having our mission-critical systems in the cloud. So for example, California had planned power outages for public safety last week, and one of the first questions from our executive management team was, well, what about the student system? What about the HR system, the payroll system, the finance system? Are those going to be OK?

And our answer was they're not vulnerable at all. They will not be impacted by the power outages. Business will continue as usual.

Moving to the cloud really helped us improve our IT service management approach. So we have a greater level of discipline around change management. We have a greater level of discipline around the cadence of patch and other upgrade implementations. It really has, I think, stabilized our IT organization in a way that was long overdue.

Institutions that are not in the cloud are going to be at a disadvantage. They're not going to be able to be as agile. They're not going to be able to be as elastic as they might need to be. They're probably spending more money than they need to spend, and they're invariably going to fall behind the pace of change if they're not moving into the cloud.

Secondly, they need to look at it holistically. It's not just move one piece to the cloud, but it's really talking about building an ecosystem in the cloud that works for a whole range of solutions, not just one here, one here, one here. We have too many silos already. We don't want to replicate those silos in the cloud.

Becoming a strategic business partner

How the cloud transformed Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s IT department

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Foothill-De Anza Community College District
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After migrating to the cloud, Foothill-De Anza Community College District decreased time spent on maintenance and improved business continuity planning.


  • Reduced costs
  • Provided a solid disaster recovery plan
  • Freed staff to focus on maximizing technology investments


The advice for future clients moving to the cloud is that your paradigm is going to change from a system perspective, from how you manage your databases. The access levels that you may have used in the past are not going to be available to you, so they need to prepare for that change going forward. And they also need to know that what you will be required to do is much different in the cloud.


Most of your requirements are going to be more on a business analyst, where you're going to work very closely with the student facing, functional managers, and try to maximize the amount of investment you've made in the product and try to get it to operate at its fullest potential. It's a bit of a moving from a care and maintenance functi

The best benefit we've seen is obviously the cost model is much more cost effective for us long-term. Solid in disaster recovery for our five instances, that became apparent within 24 hours of us landing in the cloud. The monitoring, the maintenance, the upgrades, the patching has all been taken care of. So now the staff are working more closely with the functional people to raise the quality and maximize the investment we've made with the product.

So for business continuity and disaster recovery, I can't speak for all of public higher ed. But for higher ed in Connecticut, it's always been a challenge to build a true DR capability, and that was one of the sweet spots that we found. Moving them to the cloud gave us more security, monitoring, and a more cost-effective solution for us to move forward.

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Connecticut State Colleges and Universities discusses how to get started and the benefits they’ve seen with Ellucian cloud

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Joe Tolisano, CIO, Connecticut Colleges and Universities, shares how the role of IT evolved after a cloud migration.

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