CampusEAI Consortium Announces Winners of University Portal Grants

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Grants from University CIO Consortium Advance Use of Technology on Campuses

Colleges and universities must invest in technology solutions, but passing improvement costs on to students is not a viable solution,” said Anjli Jain, CampusEAI Consortium Founder.

CampusEAI Consortium, an association of more than 2,000 higher education institutions devoted to helping members improve enrollment, retention and IT services, today announced the recipients of its annual Enterprise Portal Grant. The grants were announced by CampusEAI Consortium CEO Anjli Jain and awarded to Solano Community College in California, Louisiana College, and Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. The grant covers 100 percent of the licensing costs associated with purchasing an enterprise portal platform.

In recent years, enterprise portals for universities and other higher education institutions have evolved dramatically from a tool to help streamline on-campus communications and activities to a much more critical means of enabling universities to improve retention, recruitment, marketing, and fundraising. Portals are now a chance for universities to own and oversee every interaction with students, make smarter recruitment and retention decisions, market their brand, and improve their overall efficiency, all while dealing with dwindling state and federal funds. CampusEAI Consortium developed these annual grants in 2003 to help struggling CIOs keep on top of technology trends in the face of tight budgets and an overload of conflicting information about how universities should best implement new technology.

“Colleges and universities must reduce student attrition, cost of instruction, and time to a degree, while still increasing enrollments, but passing improvement costs on to students is not a viable solution,” said Anjli Jain, CampusEAI Consortium CEO. “As the recent State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) report highlights, students cannot afford ever-increasing costs, while incremental increases in state and federal appropriations are not sufficient to cover needed investments. Revenue per enrolled student remains 6.2 percent below the 2008 pre-recession level, making the CampusEAI Consortium mission absolutely critical.”

Past enterprise portal recipients, including New Mexico State College, Paine College, and Lakeland Community College, have been able to:

  • Migrate to a new portal platform, enabling cost effective delivery of richer functionality, such as offering a one-stop place for students to manage admissions, register for classes, and pick up university or class-specific announcements.
  • Provide integrated, online advisory and communications services designed to improve student retention.
  • Expand their market share and revenue opportunities with university-branded virtual coursework.
  • Provide an online community for alumni to connect with each other and graduating students.

About CampusEAI Consortium
CampusEAI Consortium is an association that has over 2,000 higher education institution members including Columbia, Cornell, Florida State, Louisiana State, Babson, DeVry, University System of Georgia, and Independent Colleges of Indiana. CampusEAI Consortium focuses on helping its members improve enrollment, retention and IT services by providing lessons learned iseminars, conferences and consulting services on areas such as cloud hosting, enterprise portal, web content management, single sign-on & identity management, mobile apps and service desk. For more information, visit

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