This Week in Review – Jan. 1st to Jan. 7th

Happy New Year! Here are some headlines from the end of December to the first week of the new year. Enjoy!

Other News

AWS ERP Migration Required Staff Buy-in and Curiosity

East Tennessee State University is undergoing an AWS ERP migration, a major change for the university's IT department. One of the hardest parts of the move was getting the IT staff to warm to the idea.

The cost of running the school's ERP on AWS, as compared to keeping it on premises in university-operated data centers, will be roughly similar over five years. But the university will gain improvements in security and disaster recovery and free up IT staff time, now spent on server physical maintenance, for new projects, Di Fabio said (the university's chief information security officer and associate CIO).

Source: TechTarget


Slippery Rock University Selects Portfolium’s ePortfolios to Improve Students’ Career Readiness

Slippery Rock University (SRU) of Pennsylvania has selected Portfolium to provide ePortfolios to 2,100 students, 75 faculty in the College of Business (COB) and l thousands of alumni. SRU chose Portfolium in order to help their students and alumni track achievements throughout their college career and postgraduate, connect with employers, and meet expectations of the workforce.

“Portfolium is like LinkedIn on steroids; the potential connections to employers offered by this program is going to make it much easier for students to effectively display their full body of work,” said Dr. Lawrence Shao, Dean of the College of Business.

Source: Cision PRWeb

Enterprise Resource Platform

University of the Cumberlands Selects Ellucian Cloud Solution

Ellucian, a provider of software and services built to power higher education, announced today that University of the Cumberlands (UC) has chosen Banner® by Ellucian as its SaaS-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that includes student, financial aid, HR and finance components. Banner will enable UC to refine business processes across the university, help manage its tremendous growth and integrate data from its multiple campuses and online school.

“We went through a rigorous two-year evaluation process to find an ERP solution that’s right for who we are today and that can scale, adapt, and innovate with us as we look to the future,” said University of the Cumberlands VP of Information Services, Donnie Grimes, Ph.D., CISSP. “For our institution, Banner was clearly the best software. Banner is a well-evolved system with unmatched functionality and allows for integration with the majority of other products we already use across our campuses. By deploying Ellucian’s SaaS-based software, each of our functional units will be able to better embrace best practices and improve the experience for faculty and students alike.”

Source: Business Wire / The Lane Report

Finance & HR

Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium Selects Oracle to Streamline Operations

The Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC) has selected Oracle Cloud Applications to modernize critical finance and human resources business processes to increase customer service levels while reducing administrative costs. With Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud, GMHEC will be able to empower faculty, staff, and students to embrace modern best practices, drive institutional innovation and optimize the overall learning experience.

"GMHEC aims to create a collaborative environment where we are sharing best practices across all three colleges to directly address rising educational costs and continue to make higher education accessible and affordable to all students," said Corinna Noelke, executive director, Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium. "Collectively, we selected Oracle as it has a proven history of success in the higher education market, as well as the resources to continue to drive innovation and to allow implementation of standardized best business practices within a single instance for all member colleges."

Source: gurufocus

Learning Management System

Bye Bye Blackboard: 2018 will see New Learning System for College

After more than a decade of service, Blackboard and Algonquin will be parting ways and the college is asking faculty and students to determine what system will replace it.

The selection process for the new learning management system (LMS), which is expected to cost around $1.5 million, has come down to two finalists: Brightspace by Desire2Learn and Canvas by Instructure, with the latter already in use by a few programs at the college.

The process started in July 2016 with the creation of an LMS steering committee. Then, in November 2016, there was an unscheduled Blackboard outage that impacted students taking midterm exams. This was the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” in terms of student discontent with blackboard, according to Patrick Devey, co-chair of the committee.

Source: algonquin times

Online Program Management

Claremont Graduate University Teams With Noodle Partners to Launch Online Master’s Programs

Working with Noodle Partners, Claremont Graduate University (CGU) will build on existing strengths across the university to launch an array of cutting-edge, market-competitive online degree opportunities by September 2018. CGU is one of the nation’s leading graduate-only institutions, and online programs will thrive by serving students who are experienced learners. By offering flexibly designed programs and degree options online, CGU will be able to reach a larger group of students who will enjoy renowned faculty, small class sizes, and practice-based research, which will provide the tools needed to solve real world problems and build meaningful careers.

Source: NB Herard

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