On Feb. 1, the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities announced an upgrade to their current Enterprise Student Information Systems which is designed to streamline student services, advising, security and mobile technologies. The upgrade will secure and modernize the existing technology and, among other things, allow students to register, enroll and transfer using smartphones and receive critical academic information in real-time via text messages. The new technologies will be used across all 16 of the land based institutions allowing for easier, more secure processing of students into their respective schools.
CSCU will implement the new technology, over a 4 year period, in three-phases that includes securing the enterprise systems in the “cloud”, staff training and modernization and data standardization of work flow processes. Part of the goal is to effectively communicate and manage complex relationships with students surrounding recruitment and advising. From a recruiting perspective the technology will interact with students via text messages throughout the recruitment process and expedite the workflow needed in Admissions. From an advising standpoint, students will be notified if their semester requirements are not met, triggering intervention and support, thereby enhancing retention.
“The goal is to simplify the enrollment process both for students and staff, and upgrade our system to meet the standards of today’s use of technology,” said CSCU President Mark Ojakian. “We did not have a standardized admissions process which was burdening our staff and creating a barrier for potential students. Our students fuel Connecticut’s economy so if we can eliminate barriers, we can enhance retention and graduation rates, the better off we will be.”