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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COVID-19 disrupted the higher education sector.  Many colleagues in the sector were left thinking about how they would pivot and adapt to the new normal moving forward.  And since that moment of disruption, institutions took on the challenge before them, looking for solutions that would work now and in the future. Higher education recruiting trends beyond COVID-19 embrace technology. It’s clear that institutions need to pull together people, processes, and technology so they can see the bigger picture and reach their strategic goals.

5 higher education recruiting trends post-COVID-19

Higher education recruiting trends are about adaptation. When the world went virtual, institutions looked for solutions that allowed them to not only carry on, but to succeed.

1. Adapting to changing behaviors

The impact of COVID-19 has had (and is still having) a profound effect on institutions and students alike. Students’ expectations will undoubtedly change and so it is essential that institutions start thinking about how core processes and institutional practices may also need to change. In terms of students’ changing behaviors, here is an idea of what we may expect:

  • Change of focus and emotions about future studies
  • The decision to defer or not to defer
  • Reconsideration of study locations (more local vs. abroad vs. online)

As the landscape evolves, many institutions will undergo changes in the way they operate and interact with their students in light of these changing behaviors, and they may also start thinking about how technology can help to address their current and future challenges.

2. Nurturing communications and engagement

A highly competitive market (made more so especially as a result of COVID-19), and the uncertainty about students’ future plans, means that nurturing communications and engagement throughout the entire prospect-applicant-student lifecycle will be more important than ever. To drive a faster service to prospective and current students, there are some clear benefits to utilizing a student CRM system to support your institution’s strategy.

Firstly, keeping all relevant information in one place—as opposed to using multiple spreadsheets or a paper-based system—enables easier access to information, no matter where staff may be working from (on or off campus).

Secondly, you can reach your target students in a timely manner—through automation and workflows—and personalize your engagement by building multi-touch communication plans to nurture prospective students. This enables you to visualize every prospect touchpoint—whether this is via phone, email, or text—while tracking every interaction all in one place.

3. Readily available data

Data is key at every stage of the student lifecycle, from prospect to applicant to student and beyond. And when data isn’t accessible, problems emerge. Aside from agile communications, having data readily available will also be crucial during the student recruitment and admissions lifecycle. From application to graduation, U.S. students give colleges an incredible amount of their personal data, and they both want and expect schools to use that data in a way that optimizes their college experience and career.

Today’s college students grew up online, and tend to be much more comfortable than other generations with a public approach to sharing their personal information. There is a need for schools to leverage student information to provide a streamlined approach across the student lifecycle by enhancing academic services, financial processes, student life, and career processes.

4. A shift from standard student behavior modeling systems

As institutions are unlikely to have data to support the modeling of how students will behave this year, they will need the right tools to ensure they are agile enough to respond to the unknown behavioral changes and be as responsive as possible. It’s essential to closely monitor patterns of deferrals/withdrawals during these uncertain times and to understand how prospective students are responding and what their concerns are.

If your data is stored all in one place, live dashboard views from the CRM system will provide a big picture view of trends and in turn help institutions to prioritize their response and engagement with students.

5. Implementation of new technology and processes

Looking ahead, institutions will need to reconsider if their data, processes, and technology framework in place will support student attraction and recruitment capabilities and whether it will give them a competitive edge over other institutions. While the cost of switching can be great, the benefits that the right technology provider brings can’t be overlooked.  The right ecosystem of open and flexible technologies increases agility, efficiency, and impact. The result: deeper engagements, smarter insights, and better outcomes.

Looking to the future of higher education

Institutions across the globe have faced very similar challenges, addressing endless questions to adapt. Now, with an eye on the future, institutions can begin to build new processes, frameworks, and technology to support students and staff. They’ll need to ask questions like, will students prefer to be on campus or continue to take classes virtually? Will hyflex solutions (the ability to take class on campus, virtually, or a mix of both) rise in popularity? What challenges will this bring? Higher education trends post-COVID-19 lead the way for this new way of looking at the value institutions can bring to students and staff.

So, what can institutions do to be ready to meet these new and evolving needs and will COVID-19 actually help accelerate the adoption of technologies to promote new and more efficient ways of working?

Innovation and agility for staff and students

Innovation and agility will be key to ensure institutions are well-positioned to survive and thrive as the COVID-19 dust starts to settle. For instance, staff needs to be able to work in far more agile ways with more remote working. This will increasingly become the new norm and will be driven at a much faster pace than before.

With many campuses closed still and administrative teams having to work remotely, delivering a consistent and responsive experience for existing and prospective students has never been more important. Solutions delivered in the cloud as well as a more connected mobile experience will be key to driving this transition.

Business capabilities built for success

One area that is of particular interest to us at Ellucian is how institutions can ensure they have the business capabilities that will allow them to adapt and take on new challenges in the future. As the post-COVID-19 operational environment forces many institutions to re-evaluate their position, it has never been more important to identify and deliver business capabilities that support your institution and strategic goals in more agile ways. In my next blog, I’ll delve deeper into Ellucian’s digital transformation framework and how a capabilities approach—with a spotlight on recruitment and admissions—helps to underpin change.

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In the space of just three months, there has been a great deal of change in the higher education sector. Many colleagues in the sector will be thinking about how they will ‘pivot’ and adapt to the new normal, post-COVID-19.

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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Dallas Baptist University Moves to the Cloud with Ellucian

Migration to Managed Cloud and New Ellucian Experience Platform to Improve Operations and User Experience

DALLAS, TX and RESTON, VA — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced that Dallas Baptist University will migrate its technology operations with Ellucian cloud solutions to modernize and improve the experience for students, faculty and staff. Dallas Baptist University joins more than 1,100 institutions worldwide that are in the cloud with Ellucian.

Dallas Baptist University will upgrade its Colleague ERP from an on-premise environment to Ellucian’s managed cloud. The move to cloud will provide flexibility, adaptability and will improve the institution’s future disaster recovery and business continuity with greater security of systems and data. In addition, Dallas Baptist University will implement Ellucian Experience, a new platform that simplifies everyday tasks and access to information for students, faculty, and staff through a personalized dashboard.

“DBU is constantly seeking ways to improve the student experience and streamline our processes in order to ensure a safe and secure digital environment,” stated Dr. Adam C. Wright, Dallas Baptist University President. “Throughout the years, Ellucian has been a great partner in this effort, and we are pleased to continue this work through this invaluable upgrade.”

“Today’s institutions are experiencing unprecedented change and need partners with expertise in both cloud and higher education. Ellucian will enable Dallas Baptist University leaders in the next phase of their digital transformation as they grow and adapt to meet the evolving demands of their community,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian. “With a laser focus on the unique needs of higher education, Ellucian’s cloud capabilities alleviate day-to-day maintenance, patching and upgrades, freeing up campus resources to focus on DBU’s strategic initiatives and overall commitment to serve its students.”

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

About Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University is a nationally ranked, comprehensive, Christ-centered university, home to more than 4,200 students and nestled in the foothills of Dallas. DBU offers a holistic education on the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels in a variety of fields, both in-person and online, with a singular focus to produce servant leaders. DBU graduates can be found in the classrooms, boardrooms, courtrooms and beyond, serving as responsible citizens and global leaders marked by a heart of service and passion for excellence. For more information, visit www.dbu.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 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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