Northwestern College Selects Ellucian to Help Drive IT Efficiencies and Enhance Student Success

FAIRFAX, Va. July 5, 2012 – Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. has selected Ellucian to help manage the institution’s IT functions as well as expand its online programs. The new relationship began June 1.
“We understand the important role that technology plays in the teaching and learning process today, and we’re committed to investing in tools that will ensure the success of our students,” said Northwestern President Alan S. Cureton, Ph.D. “After careful review, we decided that Ellucian is the right company to help us achieve those objectives, and we look forward to their support in aligning our college’s IT with the school’s strategic mission and objectives.”
The contract calls for Ellucian to provide the college with onsite IT management, including a CIO, technical director, an enterprise application director, and technical support liaisons. Remote staff will provide support on an as-needed basis. Technicians will manage the college’s Banner administrative system, monitor its infrastructure, and provide students, faculty, and staff with 24/7 help desk support.
The company also will be supporting Northwestern in developing new online programs following a marketing analysis as well as building a new online Principles of Art course and refreshing some existing courses. An onsite academic technology director and manager of instructional design will help manage the college’s existing design staff as well as provide academic technology support for all faculty.
“Northwestern is recognized as a top tier Midwestern Christian liberal arts college with more than 70 areas of study in undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree completion programs,” said Bruce Bleiman, Ellucian’s senior vice president for North America customer relationships. “We look forward to working with the college’s leadership team to further that reputation by enhancing its IT resources.”
About Northwestern College
Founded in 1902, Northwestern College is a private Christian liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minn. offering more than 70 areas of study, five master’s degrees and several associate degree and certificate programs. More than 3,000 students representing 33 states and 19 countries are enrolled in Northwestern’s traditional undergraduate and graduate and continuing education programs. Visit
About Ellucian
Ellucian, the new company formed by the combination of Datatel and SunGard Higher Education, helps education institutions thrive in a dynamic world. It delivers a broad portfolio of technology solutions, developed in collaboration with a global education community, and provides strategic guidance to help education institutions of all kinds navigate change, achieve greater transparency, and drive efficiencies. More than 2,300 institutions in 40 countries around the world look to Ellucian for the ideas and insights that will move education forward, helping people everywhere discover their futures through learning. Visit
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