OCAD University (OCAD U) will implement the Colleague® by Ellucian® administrative system to help its students better plan, manage, and achieve their academic success. The Canadian university named the four-year undertaking Project Chroma to reflect the institution’s dedication to art and design, and to help its constituents identify with the implementation that will touch all members of the campus community. Chroma is defined as “the purity of a colour; freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue”.
The Canadian university has been using a mix of disparate information systems to meet departmental needs. However, the fragmented approach often gets in the way of making services and resources easily accessible to students. Colleague by Ellucian, along with the Colleague Portal, will provide students with modern tools, familiar interfaces, and a seamless environment to access the resources they need to succeed.
“The student experience is our number one driver. We want to give our students a modern and integrated information experience,” said Darin Lee, director, ERP Implementation, OCAD U. “Our vision is for students to be able to track information and access resources online and via mobile, specific to their course of study, including advising, degree audit, academic history, and financial information, from their first point of contact with OCAD U to graduation and beyond.”
OCAD U also expects that the integration of all legacy information systems into an integrated enterprise solution will create efficiencies and provide additional opportunities for faculty and staff to better focus on student achievement and experience. The initiative also is expected to deliver a wide range of process improvements and new capabilities for analytics and strategic planning that will benefit the entire university community. OCAD U also is implementing Ellucian Recruiter™ to gain further insight into their prospective student pool, to measure and improve the effectiveness of the university’s outreach, and to facilitate a better relationship with students starting with their first point of contact.
“The OCAD U selection team felt that Colleague is the clear ERP leader in our segment, and we feel that Ellucian’s values and strategic direction are in line with ours. That is very important to us,” said Lee.
“In addition to aligning with higher education, Ellucian understands the needs of the Canadian market in particular,” said Paul Cunningham, senior vice president of customer relationships at Ellucian. “Our growing customer base in Canada provides us with valuable insights to develop solutions and services that meet their needs, and the institutions offer each other a valuable support community for sharing ideas and resources.”
About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (http://www.ocadu.ca/) is Canada’s “university of imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.