SunGard Higher Education Names Immaculata University Winner of the 2009 SunGard Higher Education Award for Institutional Performance
PHILADELPHIA (SunGard Summit 2009 Conference) March 23, 2009 â€“ SunGard Higher Education (www.sungardhe.com) announced Immaculata University as the 2009 winner of the SunGard Higher Education Award for Institutional Performance for its successful migration to and implementation of a new learning management system (LMS). The announcement was made during the opening session of the annual SunGard Summit user conference. In addition to receiving the award, Immaculata received $10,000 for student scholarships.
Implementation of the new LMS, which was conducted over a 14-month period beginning in summer 2007, has enabled the institution to increase its revenue from on-line courses as well as improve institutional performance, academic offerings, and efficiency. Since 1998, Immaculata has partnered with SunGard Higher Education for technology management support. In addition to its new LMS, the institution utilizes the Banner Unified Digital Campus, all of which are hosted on virtualized servers located in the company´s Internet Data Center.
During the first year of the LMS implementation project, the university said it was able to maintain its projected 30% increase in enrollment in totally online classes generating more than $3.4 million in revenue. An additional 260 Web-enhanced courses were supported, involving over 4,680 students. These endeavors confirm Immaculata´s commitment to integrate technology as a support of the educational mission of the institution. With support from SunGard Higher Education, the institution also was able to train more than 350 full-time and part-time faculty and staff in using the new LMS, secured $40k in grants and external funding, and renegotiated vendor relations, providing the institution anticipated savings exceeding $1.5 million over the next six years.
"This is a tremendous example as to how a small institution, through the relationship and support of SunGard Higher Education, can accomplish things once reserved for larger institutions," said Thomas Ford, Immaculata´s vice president for finance and administration. Sister Carrolll Isselmann, IHM, vice president for academic affairs at Immaculata stated that "through disciplined management, thoughtful research, and hard work, SunGard and Immaculata University have been able to implement a state-of-the-art learning management platform, gain operational efficiency, eliminate redundancy, and do away with 95 percent of all manual procedures associated with learning management system operation."
The SunGard Higher Education Award for Institutional Performance recognizes one institution of higher education for measurable institutional performance improvements supported through SunGard Higher Education technologies and/or services. Nominated institutions that earned finalist recognition this year included:
â€¢ Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland), for improving gift and pledge attainment through a fundraiser performance metric system
â€¢ Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, Fla.), for better serving students with an expanded IT Support Center
â€¢ Florida Keys Community College (Key West, Fla.), for improve strategic decision-making by streamlining enrollment management
â€¢ George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.), for improving admissions processes with a workflow implementation
â€¢ Colleges of Higher Technology (United Arab Emirates), for improving student support through counselor services
About Immaculata University
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution serving men and women of all ages through its College of Undergraduate Studies, College of LifeLong Learning, and College of Graduate Studies. Located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, in a region that is home to 85 institutions of higher education, competition for enrollment is extreme. To address this reality, Immaculata has created a niche in serving the adult learner, often through accelerated learning programs delivered totally or in part using the latest Web-based technologies.
About SunGard Higher Education
SunGard Higher Education provides software and support, systems implementation and integration, strategic consulting, and technology management services to help colleges and universities build, unify, and manage their digital campuses. Bringing together people, processes, and technology, SunGard Higher Education assists 1,600 customers worldwide to strengthen institutional performance through improved constituent services, increased accountability, and better educational experiences. www.sungardhe.com.
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