Colgate University Selects Ellucian to Help Optimize Administrative Systems and Business Intelligence

FAIRFAX, Va., October 19, 2012 -Colgate University has selected Ellucian’s Technology Management Services to help optimize its use of data and analytical tools for more efficient and informed decision making across the university.
The move is an important part of Colgate’s ongoing initiative, led by President Jeffrey Herbst, to maximize the use of technology for operational efficiency and long-term financial health. It is designed with two outcomes in mind. First, Ellucian will help Colgate optimize its current use of the Banner® by Ellucian administrative system to carry out business and administrative functions and reduce demands on staff. Second, Ellucian will help Colgate evaluate, analyze, select, and implement a business intelligence system that administrators can use to make more informed decisions.
“Dramatic improvements in computational power and software design hold many promises,” said Herbst. “Partnering with Ellucian to improve our processes will reward us with a more effective work environment. It will allow us greater access to data and improve our ability to serve students, faculty, staff, and alumni with the high quality they expect and deserve. Further improving productivity is especially important at a time when Colgate is committed to limiting tuition increases. ”
The first phase of the university-wide project is expected to generate a number of significant improvements, including the elimination of many processes that now require paper, the addition of more efficient workflows, and the ability of more users to conduct analysis and run reports.
Ellucian will provide an onsite project director with experience in strategic services and Banner by Ellucian process improvement, as well as subject-matter consultants and remote technical support. Brendt Simpson, director of institutional planning and research, will co-lead the team for Colgate.
“Colgate is one of America’s top liberal arts universities,” said Bruce Bleiman, senior vice president, customer relationships, Ellucian. “We look forward to working with the university’s leadership to achieve greater return on their information technology investments, and to help them meet their goals for operational excellence in serving students.”
About Colgate University
Colgate University is a highly selective liberal arts institution distinguished by the dedication of its 275 full-time faculty-scholars, and its commitment to global engagement, undergraduate research, off-campus study, sustainable practices, and residential education. Colgate offers 52 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university’s 515-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.
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