At Columbia College, we put a strong emphasis on trust and expect that from our partners
Boston, MA (Vocus) October 16, 2008
Jenzabar®, Inc., the leading provider of software, services and strategies for higher education, announced today that Gordon College, based in Wenham, Massachusetts, and Columbia College, based in Columbia, South Carolina, have upgraded to the Jenzabar EX enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to increase operational efficiency and better meet the expectations of constituents. Jenzabar EX has simplified administrative and academic operations across both campuses, raising the level of service delivered to all constituents, from students and faculty to alumni and parents.
The Jenzabar EX administrative system, developed exclusively for higher education, provides a relational database offered on the Microsoft® SQL Server platform. Gordon College, nationally ranked for its excellence in academics, chose to upgrade to the ERP solution to revamp its current technological infrastructure to improve reporting capabilities, streamline workflows and obtain real-time data. The institution decided to select Jenzabar over Datatel for the company's ability to satisfy the various needs of administrative offices, its expertise in planning an implementation roadmap, and its dedication to reaching the institution's objectives.
"Our Jenzabar implementations were completed simultaneously across departments, allowing all offices to go live at the same time. The entire process was extremely efficient and cost-effective," says Dan Tymann, Executive Vice President for Advancement, Communications and Technology at Gordon College. "Incorporating an ERP system can be a large shock to an organization. It has been invaluable to Gordon College to have a partner who helps us define our needs, solve complex challenges, and realize a faster return on investment."
Jenzabar EX is fully integrated with Jenzabar's Internet Campus Solution (JICS), an Internet portal offering a single point of access to Web-based self service, e-learning, communications and community-building applications. With the two upgrades, Gordon College now has the ability to track correspondence with prospective students, monitor efficiencies in admissions, run student bills in a fraction of the time, and leverage advancement opportunities that might have been lost previously.
Similarly, Columbia College, recently recognized for exceeding national averages by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), was seeking to move forward with new initiatives by utilizing data to support institutional performance, both inside and outside of the classroom. The college at the time was using a Datatel system and needed a technology provider that would offer comprehensive training to decrease the staff hours dedicated to the database and recover confidence in the system campus-wide.
"At Columbia College, we put a strong emphasis on trust and expect that from our partners," says Laurie Hopkins, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Columbia College. "The Jenzabar team brings a high level of trust and delivers everything they promise. Systems were configured to work specifically for our institution and our staff received on-campus training, empowering them to use the product and focus on other aspects of their job."
With the implementation of Jenzabar EX, the central database has integrated student information and administrative data across all offices, simplifying operations for all constituents. Columbia College students now experience easier self-service functions, including registering for courses, viewing class information, checking current billing information, and chatting with classmates. The business offices, including financial aid, accounts receivable, human resources and the registration office, have quickly adapted to the system, resulting in more accurate information and effective reporting. Further, the executive team can now access data without assistance, enabling them to view campus information and analyze records on demand from their own desktops and at their convenience.
"Maximizing our client's return on investment is our ultimate goal, and we are dedicated to determining the best way to achieve that objective with each and every client," says Robert A. Maginn, Jr., Jenzabar Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Providing software products is just the beginning of our commitment to our customers. We understand that excellent implementation services are critically important to our clients, and we will continue to work with Gordon College and Columbia College to support their institutional success."
About Gordon College
Gordon College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston's North Shore. The College offers majors in 37 fields and has graduate programs in education and music education. Leading the way in Christian college merit, Gordon is nationally ranked for its excellence in academics and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation's top Christian Colleges. For more information, visit http://www.gordon.edu.
About Columbia College
Columbia College is a private liberal arts women's college related to the United Methodist Church; with a legacy of developing women leaders possessing the courage, commitment, confidence and competence to build a better world. In addition to the Women's College, coeducational evening and graduate programs are offered. Enrollment is 1500 students from 23 states and 20 countries. For more information, visit http://www.columbiacollegesc.edu.
About Jenzabar, Inc.
Jenzabar, Inc. is a leading provider of enterprise software and services developed exclusively for higher education. With more than 35 years of combined experience offering technology solutions to colleges and universities, Jenzabar is the trusted partner of choice to more than 700 campuses worldwide, including private liberal arts, state, and community colleges and business, medical, law and other graduate schools. Jenzabar is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with regional offices located across the United States. For further information, please visit http://www.jenzabar.net.
Contact: Carina Ganias, Jenzabar, Inc. /617-492-9099 ext. 365 / Carina.Ganias@jenzabar.net