Ellucian Highlights Innovation and Digital Transformation at 2021 HESS Consortium Member Institutions Conference

Market leader delivers collaborative opportunities to drive value for private colleges and universities

RESTON, VA — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider and the single largest cloud ERP provider to HESS Consortium members, is proud to showcase value-driven opportunities for driving digital transformation at the 2021 HESS Consortium Member Institutions Conference. The Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium (HESS) of private colleges and universities is focused on collectively lowering costs and increasing collaboration among members in the areas of administrative systems and services.

138 HESS member institutions operate on Ellucian SIS/ERP platforms today – more than any other provider. With Ellucian’s open SaaS platform, institutions can unify the customer experience and streamline integrations, APIs, data-sharing, identity management and shared capabilities designed specifically for higher education.

“Our dedicated focus on higher education means Ellucian understands the unique needs of today’s colleges and universities and can provide flexible solutions to meet institutions wherever they are on their digital transformation journey,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “We are proud to work with our HESS Executive Cohort leaders to offer community-based opportunities delivering the best constituent experience, supporting pathways to cloud and ensuring the optimization of IT resources.”

Ellucian supports more than 1,100 customers in the cloud, including more than 500 institutions in the cloud with their full SIS/ERP. Recent HESS members choosing to modernize IT operations in the cloud with Ellucian include Spartanburg Methodist College, University of Saint Francis, Shenandoah University and University of the Incarnate Word.

“We have a new mindset toward optimized business practices with Colleague SaaS. We have eliminated costs for maintaining customizations and have taken bandwidth challenges off the campus by making the move,” said Tyler Kelsch, Vice President of Operations, Naropa University. “The technology wasn’t the hard part — it was the culture change and we have a trusted partnership with Ellucian, helping us navigate our journey.”

In addition to expert resources fully dedicated to serving the HESS community, Ellucian offers a personalized, on-demand training environment for private four-year customers represented in HESS. This resource delivers employee learning with gamification and badging opportunities for role-based paths. Ellucian also completed a cohort pilot with 12 HESS member institutions to ensure customers are optimized in their use of Banner and Colleague's self-service functionality.

Ellucian’s 2021 HESS Consortium Member Institutions Conference participation includes the following sessions:

Session: Quality of Life in the Cloud – The Grinnell Experience
Presenters: Jason Luedtke, Grinnell College; Danay Gangewere, Cloud Service Delivery Manager, Ellucian
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 16, 3:00 - 3:50 p.m. EST

Session: Ellucian Cohort Kick-Off Meeting
Presenters: Laura Ipsen, President and CEO; Harshan Bhangdia, CFO; Mike Wulff, CTO; Titina Ott Adams, SVP, Customer Experience; Pete Masterson, VP, Regional Sales; and Tracy Williams, Senior Director, Customer Success
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 17, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. EST

Session: Ellucian Banner Student Demo/Ellucian Colleague Student Demo
Presenters: Katie Young, Senior Solutions Consultant; Suzanne McCool, Senior Principal Solutions Consultant
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 17, 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. EST

Session: Ellucian Banner Student Financial Aid Demo/Ellucian Colleague Student Financial Aid Demo
Presenters: Serena Hyche, Senior Principal Solutions Consultant; Suzanne McCool, Senior Principal Solutions Consultant
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 17, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. EST

Session: Ellucian Banner Human Resources Demo/ Ellucian Colleague Human Resources Demo
Presenters: Tammy Riley, Senior Solutions Consultant; Suzanne McCool, Senior Principal Solutions Consultant
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 17, 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. EST

Session: Ellucian Banner Finance Demo/ Ellucian Colleague Finance Demo
Presenters: Vincent Gallo, Senior Solutions Consultant; Suzanne McCool, Senior Principal Solutions Consultant
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 17, 4:00 – 4:50 p.m. EST

For more information visit: https://www.ellucian.com/HESS.

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Edward Waters University Accelerates Digital Transformation through New Partnership with Ellucian

Florida’s first HBCU to modernize technology operations and improve processes with Ellucian’s Colleague SaaS

RESTON, VA and JACKSONVILLE, FL — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced that Edward Waters University has selected Ellucian Colleague SaaS to modernize its technology operations. A longtime Ellucian customer and one of the nation’s 101 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Edward Waters University joins more than 1,100 institutions worldwide in the cloud with Ellucian.

Edward Waters University will leverage Ellucian Colleague SaaS, a comprehensive and cloud-based ERP, to optimize processes, empower faculty and staff with greater access to data, and support student success with a better user experience. With the institution’s highest overall enrollment in nearly twenty years, automated processes will provide greater efficiency to support Edward Waters University’s continued growth.

“We are excited about continuing our relationship with the Ellucian family and providing the Colleague SaaS program to our campus community. The services offered will allow us to implement best practices, enhance overall productivity, and increase institutional efficiencies. Edward Waters University continues to seek creative ways to meet the needs of today’s students, instructors, and professionals and systems such as Colleague SaaS will support us in our efforts to evolve how we perform and excel,” said Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., President and CEO.

“With Colleague SaaS, Edward Waters University will accelerate its digital transformation, freeing up internal resources to focus on initiatives that help students reach their full potential,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “Ellucian’s cloud-based solutions will integrate data across systems for informed decision-making and ensure a better user experience for students, faculty and staff. We’re pleased to support university leaders as they emerge as a model for others, championing academic excellence with modern technology platforms.”

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

About Edward Waters University

Edward Waters University (EWU), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWU was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.

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University of Saint Francis Selects Ellucian to Accelerate Technology Transformation

SaaS Solutions and Managed Services Support Enrollment Growth, Retention and Student Experience

FORT WAYNE, IN and RESTON, VA — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced that The University of Saint Francis (USF) has selected Ellucian Colleague SaaS to modernize its technology operations. Part of the HESS Consortium and a new Ellucian customer, USF joins more than 1,100 institutions worldwide in the cloud with Ellucian.

The University of Saint Francis will combine Ellucian Colleague SaaS, a comprehensive, modern, and cloud-based ERP, with a managed services partnership to support the institution’s strategic goals of enrollment growth, better retention efforts and overall student and staff satisfaction. Colleague facilitates efficient, integrated processes for better management of all departments on campus. Ellucian will provide full technology management services to USF in the form of on-site, end-to-end IT services staff, including strategic direction and hands-on management. Ellucian subject matter experts will manage IT systems, allowing USF leaders to focus on strategic initiatives such as increasing enrollment and student success.

“Ellucian will provide state-of-the-art technological expertise from across the nation, as well as cost effective measures to enhance our capabilities to provide the very best to our students and the USF community,” said USF President Rev. Dr. Eric Albert Zimmer. “Ellucian serves only higher education institutions and includes many individuals with extensive higher education experience. They know and understand the challenges facing higher education today."

“Today’s institutions need a technology partner that has proven solutions built for the unique needs of higher education. We look forward to empowering The University of Saint Francis with purpose-built systems and services to achieve their growth and recruiting goals,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “Leveraging Colleague’s SaaS delivery model, USF administrators and staff will benefit from an easy-to-use solution for data and reporting, and students will have self-service access to information at their fingertips, improving the day-to-day experience for the entire community.”

The Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium (HESS) is a consortium of private colleges and universities focused on collectively lowering costs and increasing collaboration among members in the areas of administrative systems and services. Ellucian serves more than 130 HESS institutions. www.hessconsortium.org

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

About The University of Saint Francis

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the College of Health Sciences, College of Arts, Sciences, and Business and College of Adult and Distance Education. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 18 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF. For more information on the University of Saint Francis, visit sf.edu.

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Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute Selects Ellucian SaaS Solutions

Modernizing with Cloud Technologies Will Improve User Experience and Support Growth

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO and RESTON, VA — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced that Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute will modernize its technology operations with Ellucian SaaS solutions. A new Ellucian customer, Oshki-Wenjack joins more an than 1,100 institutions worldwide that have chosen Ellucian as their higher education cloud solutions partner.

Established by Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Oshki-Wenjack provides culturally appropriate education and training programs through blended delivery methods. Supporting their commitment to improving lives through flexible learning opportunities, the institution chose Ellucian Colleague SaaS to deliver a better user experience across admissions, registration, student services, advising, assessment, financial aid, human resources and finance. Colleague SaaS, a comprehensive and cloud-based ERP system, will connect solutions campus-wide, facilitate collaboration and simplify processes for students, faculty and staff. With the platform’s integrated reporting capabilities, Oshki-Wenjack leaders will have access to insights to better inform decisions, as well as the ability to deliver on regulatory requirements.

Oshki-Wenjack President Lorrie Deschamps expressed, “We are growing, and as the institute of choice for learners across the Nishnawbe Aski territory, we are excited to advance our operations with Ellucian. Foremost, we aim to ensure the best experience for our students as they progress along their education journey. Our students come from diverse communities with unique needs, and it is imperative we provide the highest quality supports that will ensure their success. Our partnership with Ellucian will elevate the student experience at Oshki-Wenjack and enhance the array of supports for all of our learners along their journey.”

“Leveraging an open, SaaS-enabled ecosystem, Ellucian Colleague will support Oshki-Wenjack with a modern and configurable experience that can be tailored to meet their unique needs,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “Moving to the cloud with a flexible student information system will improve workflows and business processes, freeing up faculty and staff to focus on supporting students. We are committed to supporting indigenous institutions and their missions, and are pleased to partner with Oshki-Wenjack as they continue to evolve to serve their community.”

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

About Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute

Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute is an independent education and training institute that was formally established in 1996 as a registered charitable not-for-profit corporation. In honour of the 50th anniversary of the passing of Chanie Wenjack and all Indigenous Youth lost during the Residential School era, the institute changed names in 2018 and symbolizes the resilience of our people to survive.

Oshki-Pimache-O-Win means “A New Beginning” in the Oji-Cree language, OSHKI-WENJACK provides culturally appropriate education and training programs that are designed to suit the needs of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities and members we serve. Through accredited post-secondary education programs delivered in partnership with colleges and universities, OSHKI-WENJACK provides a viable education and training alternative for all learners. Please visit and learn more about our program and training offerings at www.oshki.ca.

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Ellucian Foundation Announces 2021 PATH Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program Partners with Higher Education Institutions to Support Students Globally Facing Economic Hardship and Educational Disruptions

RESTON, VA — The Ellucian Foundation, established in 2020 by the leading higher education technology solutions provider Ellucian, today announced that the 2021 Progress, Accomplishment, Thriving, Hope (PATH) Scholarship Program will accept applications June 14th – July 14th. Now in its second year, the PATH Scholarship provides grants to higher education institutions to support students facing economic hardship and educational disruptions.

“Ellucian serves more than 26 million students globally and is proud to be part of the higher education community. We created the PATH Scholarship to support student success as many struggle with the financial and educational disruptions caused by COVID-19,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “For too many students, financial support is needed to bridge unexpected challenges that can lead to dropping out of school. The critical assistance the PATH Scholarship provides helps these students continue their education journey.”

The Ellucian Foundation will award block grants to higher education institutions that range between $10,000 and $25,000 (USD), with a maximum award of $1,500 (USD) per student.

In 2021, four-year public higher education institutions in the U.S. and not-for-profit higher education institutions in Australia, Canada, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ireland, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom are invited to apply. Higher education institutions outside the U.S. must be approved by the country’s ministry of higher education (or other national government ministry) to provide associate’s or bachelor’s degrees to be eligible for a scholarship award.

“This year, we will support students in the U.S. and also expand to reach students in 11 countries abroad,” Ipsen continued. “We will focus on students whose education is at risk due to financial hardship, particularly now as the COVID-19 pandemic has created new and enduring challenges.”

An independent judging committee will select the institutions chosen to receive a PATH Scholarship award. Recipient institutions in the U.S. will be notified in early August and those outside the U.S. throughout September and October.

In 2020, Ellucian partnered with the Business-Higher Education Forum and pledged an initial $1 million to create the PATH Scholarship. Last fall, the first $500,000 (USD) was distributed to 25 Title IV-eligible community and technical colleges in the U.S., with 680 students receiving scholarships.

For more details and application access, visit: https://stayonpath.org/.

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Shenandoah University Moves to the Cloud with Ellucian to Support Sustainability and Business Continuity

HESS Consortium Member and Longtime Ellucian Colleague Customer to Standardize Processes with Managed Cloud

WINCHESTER, VA and RESTON, VA — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced that Shenandoah University will be migrating its Colleague ERP environment to cloud. Part of the HESS Consortium and a longtime Ellucian customer, Shenandoah University joins the more than 1,100 institutions worldwide that have chosen Ellucian as their cloud partner.

Shenandoah University’s move to cloud allows the institution to become more agile, nimble and secure while removing long-standing technology customizations from their ERP platform. Moving from an on-premise hardware and server maintenance model to Ellucian’s managed cloud environment will support the university’s long-term sustainability and business continuity goals while freeing up IT resources to focus on other institutional priorities.

“At Shenandoah, we are setting the stage to move forward with a new model of shared services,” said Vice President for Administration and Finance Bob Keasler. “The financial model of education is changing, and we are open for others to join us in this new world as a comprehensive private college system. Everything we do, we look to put students first. Now more than ever, the personalized private education experience is what students need.”

“Moving to the Ellucian cloud will accelerate Shenandoah University’s digital transformation and provide the flexibility needed as they deliver on their commitment to students, faculty and staff,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “As an end-to-end cloud partner, we will work with Shenandoah University to configure a seamless technology ecosystem resulting in increased institutional agility and an elegant user experience.”

The Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium (HESS) is a consortium of private colleges and universities focused on collectively lowering costs and increasing collaboration among members in the areas of administrative systems and services. Ellucian serves more than 130 HESS institutions. www.hessconsortium.org

About Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University was established in 1875, and is headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, with additional educational sites in Clarke, Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Shenandoah is a private, nationally recognized university that blends the best of professional studies and the liberal arts. With more than 4,000 students in more than 200 areas of study in six different schools, Shenandoah promotes a close-knit community rich in creative energy and intellectual challenge. Shenandoah students collaborate with accomplished professors who provide focused, individual attention, all the while leading several programs to be highly nationally ranked. Through innovative partnerships and programs at both the local and global level, there are exceptional opportunities for students to learn in and out of the classroom. Shenandoah empowers its students to improve the human condition and to be principled professionals and leaders wherever they go. Visit su.edu for more information.

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Spartanburg Methodist College to Modernize Technology Operations with Ellucian

Integrated Cloud-based Solutions Will Upgrade User Experience and Improve Efficiencies

SPARTANBURG, SC and RESTON, VA — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced that Spartanburg Methodist College will modernize their technology operations with Ellucian cloud solutions. Part of the HESS Consortium, and a new Ellucian customer, Spartanburg Methodist College joins more than 1,100 institutions worldwide that have chosen Ellucian as their higher education cloud solutions partner.

Spartanburg Methodist College will automate and streamline processes campus-wide using Ellucian Colleague SaaS, a comprehensive ERP system including Student and Financial Aid solutions. Ellucian Experience, a new user experience platform, will simplify everyday tasks and access to information, linking people, processes and applications through a personalized dashboard. In addition, Spartanburg Methodist College has selected Ellucian Analytics and Ellucian Intelligent Learning Platform to connect data across systems, deliver key insights and empower faculty and staff to make data-driven decisions.

“Following several years of record enrollment numbers, we needed a modern and robust ERP solution that would offer a great user experience and future-proofed flexibility to support our continued growth,” said Trey Arrington, Vice President for Operations, Information Technology, Spartanburg Methodist College. “Ellucian Colleague has a strong, supportive customer base with a fantastic reputation in the market among long term customers and recent implementations, and we look forward to a strong partnership.”

“Spartanburg Methodist College’s transition to an open, interoperable ecosystem with Colleague SaaS at its core will deliver improved reliability and efficiency using technologies that integrate seamlessly,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “Our cloud-based solutions will enable greater access for faculty and staff to data and insights from across the college to improve student outcomes. We look forward to partnering with Spartanburg on their digital transformation in support of a better experience for their students, faculty and staff.”

The Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium (HESS) is a consortium of private colleges and universities focused on collectively lowering costs and increasing collaboration among members in the areas of administrative systems and services. Ellucian serves more than 130 HESS institutions. www.hessconsortium.org

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

About Spartanburg Methodist College

Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Spartanburg Methodist College is a private, liberal arts college open to students of all religious and non-religious backgrounds. The college serves approximately 1,000 students and offers six associate degrees, a unique customizable bachelor’s degree with six concentrations, a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and nine 100% online associate and bachelor’s degree programs. SMC’s unique Camak Core professional development program prepares graduates for successful careers with education in key soft skills that employers value in new hires. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church and established in 1911, SMC students experience the transformative powers of academic excellence, intellectual exploration, social awareness, and character development in a supportive environment where they can thrive.

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