The Victoria College Implements SunGard Higher Education Banner Unified Digital Campus Within 18 Months

MALVERN, Pa, November 16, 2009 — The Victoria College has successfully implemented the core modules of the SunGard Higher Education Banner Unified Digital Campus (UDC) within 18 months, helping bring improved student services to its constituents faster and at less cost than a traditional implementation.

The Victoria College, located in Victoria, Texas, replaced its existing student, finance, HR/payroll and advancement systems with SunGard Higher Education’s Banner administrative systems in just 18 months. Banner Financial Aid is scheduled to go live in February. The College’s digital campus includes enhancements to support the state’s reporting requirements, and the Luminis Platform.
The College engaged with SunGard Higher Education for its Win Services, a collection of services that are designed to implement the Banner UDC within a compressed timeframe. Win Services support a package of applications that have been mostly pre-configured using proven best practices gained from years of experience. Win Services are designed to help deliver a quicker and more standardized implementation.
“By using SunGard’s Win Services, we delivered better service to our students and our community more quickly than if we had done it all ourselves,” said Dr. Larry Garrett, executive director of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Special Projects at The Victoria College. “In addition to going live in a compressed timeframe, Win Services gave us access to experienced SunGard consultants who helped us re-examine our business processes across functions, and make significant improvements. Win Services helped us execute a very highly-organized implementation with multiple and concurrent go lives that met our timeline and budget targets.”
The Victoria College had in-house developed legacy systems prior to implementing the Banner UDC. Although the College’s systems provided extensive functionality to its users, they were not integrated with one another. “By implementing the Banner UDC, the College will have a fully-supported enterprise administrative system that can extend and grow with the institution,” said Dr. Garrett. “We expect to gain greater efficiency and be able to leverage new technology advances more easily. We believe Banner UDC will ultimately help us offer better service to our students and our community.
“The Victoria College recognizes that implementations of this scale can put tremendous demands on an entire staff,” said Brad Rucker, senior vice president of services at SunGard Higher Education. “By leveraging our Win Services delivery model, the institution was able to overcome the resource and cost restraints typically associated with the implementation of an enterprise administrative system and deliver the benefits to its constituents sooner, and on time and on budget.”
About The Victoria College
Victoria College is a public community college serving approximately 4000 students in a seven-county area surrounding the city of Victoria in South-Central Texas. VC is a full-service community college with the majority of its enrollment in academic transfer, nursing and allied health programs.  Other programs at VC include fire and police academies, emergency medical services, truck driving, computer and technical programs, construction and industrial trades, and workforce development.
About SunGard Higher Education
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