Unique Higher Education Performance Engine Unveiled at San Francisco Conference

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Reporting and Analytics Solution Addresses Specific Needs of Colleges and Universities

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“Our aim is to form a tight partnership with the leaders institutions around the globe to provide them with the tools they need to break down silos, analyze performance and provide accurate financial and student reporting, said Mike Psenka," eThority CEO.

eThority ®, provider of a unique “user-obvious” enterprise performance engine for reporting and analytics, is launching its higher education-focused offering, DataScholar, at the National Association of College and University Business Officers Conference in San Francisco today.

DataScholar – which is available for viewing at Booth 646 at the NACUBO Conference -- optimizes institutional performance with complete data access and comprehensive, interactive analytics. Powered by eThority, a leading provider of intuitive solutions to colleges and universities since 1992, DataScholar makes use of a user-obvious interface that requires little or no training and empowers users of all skills levels -- resulting in an easy-to-use, robust, secure and scalable solution. DataScholar promotes collaboration with a secure, compliant platform, and offers simplicity, accessibility and flexibility in reporting across an institution.

DataScholar addresses areas critical to the performance of higher education institutions, such as financial analysis and reporting ; student admissions, enrollment and retention analysis; budgeting and commitment management; and institutional performance benchmarking. The technology platform underlying DataScholar is currently in use at an increasing number of institutions, including the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Alabama, University of North Texas, Colorado State University , and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

“We are very excited about the launch of the DataScholar brand in the Higher Education space,” said Mike Psenka, eThority’s President and CEO. “Our aim is to form a tight partnership with the leaders of colleges and institutions around the globe to provide them with the tools they need to break down silos, analyze performance and provide accurate financial and student reporting. Our solution is designed to empower entire organizations from key decision makers to the front line troops that make success a reality for their teams.”

Key features of DataScholar include:

•Comprehensive financial reporting
Users are able to easily create detailed financial reports that take into consideration special items such as grants and encumbrances. Because all financial records are integrated into DataScholar, including financial data that exist outside the system of record, institutions are able to get a clear, accurate view of their financial status.

•Automated report delivery
Up-to-the-minute reports can be sent out at regularly scheduled intervals to desired recipients, eliminating the need to manually create and distribute reports. Reports are automatically filtered by DataScholar’s security to show only data that recipients have the right to view.

•User-obvious interface for analysis
Through use of eThority’s paradigm-breaking “user-obvious” interface for DataScholar’s front-end, data access and reporting are no longer restricted to the IT department or technical experts. DataScholar empowers users of all skill levels to create insightful reports and glean meaningful information from their data, with little or no training required. DataScholar’s technology platform is adaptable to change, so users can create the reports they need, the way they need to see them.

•Integration of data across the institution
DataScholar accepts data from virtually any source, via eThority’s proprietary ETL tool, so data can be integrated from across a single department or the entire college or university. Data from functions such as financial, Student Information System, HR, admissions, donor relations, and Learning Management Systems are presented in a unified view for clear, precise and integrated reporting and analysis.

•Institutional dashboarding
DataScholar provides a comprehensive dashboarding component called DashPoint™, which keeps key KPI’s and institutional analytics at the user’s fingertips. To dig deeper into any analytic element on the DashPoint panel, users can drill down to view the detail. Dashboards are user-created, so they are built around the measures that are most important to the user’s role within the organization. This makes dashboards relevant and meaningful, and allows users to make blink-assessments.

•Secure and compliant reporting
eThority has been serving higher education healthcare since 1992 and fully understands the unique security risks and compliance concerns that higher education faces. DataScholar locks data down based on role, content, or hierarchy to ensure that security rules are enforced—allowing for secure transparency.

•Academic performance monitoring
DataScholar harnesses the overwhelming number of data points tied to student identification cards and generated by Student Information and Learning Management Systems that inundate schools daily with information on their students. Key metrics can be monitored and alerts set, to ensure that students are achieving their full potential and graduation.

•Commitment management eXtension
This tightly integrated module allows institutions to track all of their financial activity by recording encumbrances, accounts receivable and future transactions that do not appear in the system of record -- alleviating the need to track these funds in off-line spreadsheets.

For more information and to see DataScholar in action, please visit Booth #646
at the NACUBO Conference or see http://www.DataScholar.com.

About eThority
Founded in 1992 and based in Charleston, SC, eThority is the provider of "user-obvious" enterprise performance engine software that empowers end users and offers IT an easily maintainable solution. In addition to eThority Enterprise, the company’s flagship business analytics and reporting platform, eThority offers eXtensions: industry-specific modules designed to fill critical gaps in existing systems. Organizations choose eThority Enterprise because it provides real time end-user interaction with data in a secure, state-of-the-art platform capable of scaling from a single department to thousands of users. eThority’s solutions are in use around the globe at major research universities and leading corporations. For more information, please visit http://www.eThority.com.

DataScholar and eThority are registered trademarks of eThority, Inc.

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