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March 30, 2009

Vanguard University Selects Datatel to Create Strategic Academic Enterprise

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Vanguard University of Southern California has selected Datatel to create a Strategic Academic Enterprise that will support the institution’s planning through data-driven decision making in an effort attract exceptional students, and solidify its constituent community.

The newly acquired Datatel technology and professional services will replace a SunGard Higher Education system used by the University.
Vanguard, a four-year private liberal arts university selected Datatel as its technology and services partner after performing a through and vigorous evaluation process.
“Datatel did a thorough evaluation of how Vanguard does business, and then demonstrated how they could help improve our processes using its products and services,” said John Mark Robeck, IT Project Manager, Vanguard University, in a statement.
Vanguard officials said that the University has licensed Datatel Colleague, a technology solution specifically designed to manage and improve departmental workflows, business processes, productivity, and efficiency across the Strategic Academic Enterprise.
Officials said that the University has also licensed Datatel ActiveAdmissions, a comprehensive e-recruitment solution that transforms institutional websites into a personalized and engaging enrollment tool.
Robeck said that ActiveAdmissions will enable the University to market to prospective students and bolster its enrollment, which in today’s economic environment is extremely important.
He believed that with ActiveAdmissions, Vanguard will operate more efficiently at recruiting, and hopes to show a great return on investment.
Officials said that end-users at the University will be able to access campus-wide information and resources using Datatel ActiveCampus Portal, a Web-based workgroup collaboration and social networking system.
Built on Microsoft SharePoint technology, ActiveCampus Portal provides a single point of access across the Strategic Academic Enterprise.
“The ActiveCampus Portal will help Vanguard create a sense of community on a large scale within our University by allowing users to interact and share information,” said Robeck.
Datatel is a provider of technology solutions and professional business services to higher education institutions throughout North America and overseas.
Colleges, universities, and technical schools of various sizes leverage Datatel’s comprehensive expertise to construct Strategic Academic Enterprises that ensure student and institutional success.
In February Datatel, Inc. had announced that South Suburban College of Cook County, Ill., has selected Datatel to create a Strategic Academic Enterprise that will help attract highly-qualified applicants and bolster constituent services by providing online self-service capabilities. 
Datatel’s technology and professional services will replace a legacy system currently used by the institution.  

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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