University Plans for Student Information System and Enterprise Resource Planning Upgrades
One of the most important improvements North Greenville University has the opportunity to make as the university moves into the next phase of its future is the implementation of a new Student Information System (SIS). This system will impact the school’s delivery of an exceptional educational experience of excellent academics to students within a Christ-centered context and a biblical worldview foundation.
A SIS is a management information system for education establishments to manage student data. This SIS provides capabilities for registering students in courses, documenting grading, transcripts, results of student tests and other assessment scores, building student schedules, tracking student attendance, and managing many other student-related data needs in a school.
The information system will include features that can be considered as an enterprise resource planning or ERP system which provides institutions other features such as career services management to match student with potential employers, human resources services, accounting and budgeting services, student health records, inventory and assets of the school, payroll processing for the faculty and staff, and regulatory reporting and reports for accrediting bodies.
NGU’s IT Services Department announced in December that Jenzabar had been selected as the new SIS and ERP provider.
According to the company’s website the translation from founder Chai Ling’s native Mandarin Chinese, Jenzabar means, ‘class of the best and the brightest.’ The company works to embody this standard of excellence in everything it does.
On April 19, the school officially introduced the project to the faculty/staff at a Jenzabar implementation kickoff held in Turner Chapel. Part of the project will also encompass a major emphasis on process improvement which was presented at the kickoff session.
“Our project team has been trained and are actively engaged in process work that will be invaluable to the Jenzabar EX implementation,” said NGU Chief Information Officer Tim Huggins. “Cross departmental teamwork towards a common goal is exciting to see and we feel will reap benefits for the university well beyond the scope of this project.”
The Jenzabar story began more than 40 years ago and evolved through a union of history and innovation. Jenzabar.com was founded in 1998 as an Internet portal and eLearning company that provided an online community for university professors, students, and administrators. Two years later, Jenzabar, Inc. was launched as an enterprise software provider to better serve the life cycle needs of higher education.
Today, Jenzabar supports more than 1,300 campuses worldwide offering a comprehensive range of best-in-class administrative and academic systems. Their clients get fully integrated solutions with Web-based e-learning and constituent service systems supported by first-class executive services.
The university has started the implementation process and expects the SIS/ERP to launch in the fall of 2017.
“It is our desire that every administrative office and every academic department will be impacted and even revolutionized by this project,” said NGU Interim President Dr. Randall J. Pannell. “This is a ‘game-changing’ advancement for the university.”
Additional information about the NGU SIS project is available at http://its.ngu.edu.
Photo: NGU Jenzaber Project Team meets weekly to discuss progress of implementation schedule.
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