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Looking for a simple way to EXTRACT and REPORT on your financial data?

February 22, 2021 - OA Solutions has been providing consulting services to Ellucian® Colleague® users for over 20 years and are excited to introduce you to a simple, yet effective financial reporting tool that enables Colleague® financial data to be accessible directly in Microsoft Excel. OA COLLect is an Ellucian® Colleague® extract developed by OA Solutions that integrates with the Microsoft Excel add-in F9. F9, from Infor® Global Solutions, Inc., is a leader in Microsoft Excel based financial reporting with over 60,000 installations.

ARUCC MyCreds™ | MesCertif™ National Network

February 22, 2021 - February 19, 2021 - In fall 2020, the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) launched the ARUCC MyCreds™ | MesCertif™ National Network, a national, bilingual credential wallet and document exchange platform. To date, five schools have launched approximately 25,000 credential wallets to learners providing them with them the capacity to share their official documents and credentials on a 24/7 basis – anytime, anywhere. Click below to read more

CEUG Update
February 22, 2021

Keeping Together, Sharing Interests.

See our lineup of Live Webinars and news from the past month.

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The Path to a Safer Campus is Contactless

February 16, 2021 - Since the pandemic began, colleges and universities have faced new challenges keeping students safe on campus. TouchNet has responded with blogs, podcasts, publications, and webinars offering schools advice on transitioning to contactless technologies. We’ve partnered with new companies that offer contactless solutions. We’ve also updated or begun work on our apps and products to expand contactless capabilities on physical campuses.

Vaccine is here. Why colleges and universities now need a fintech approach to student payments and refunds.

February 12, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a gap for many colleges and universities across Canada. Not only did schools need to find an efficient way to operate with the transition to online learning paired with most staff working remotely, the increased requests for refunds and needing to find a way to transition tuition and fee payments to a contactless format for the safety of students and staff overnight, created yet another challenge to remain operational and protect attrition rates. 

See how PayMyTuition solves and eliminates the complex challenges that educational institutions experience with traditional ways of processing student payments.

Platinum Sponsor Announcement - OA Solutions

January 28, 2021 - CEUG is pleased to welcome OA (OA Solutions) as a Platinum Sponsor.

For over 20 years, OA has assisted post-secondary institutions to analyze their business processes; recommend changes; and protect their investment of their Ellucian® Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

OA has provided implementation, training and consulting services to over 80 institutions across North America. Our consultants’ superior knowledge of the Ellucian® applications in conjunction with their experience and understanding of business practices employed at post-secondary education institutions, enables OA to provide the services needed for institutions to gain maximum benefit from their investment in these systems and gain the efficiencies needed to ensure their services to students are second to none.

Platinum Sponsor Announcement - TouchNet

January 25, 2021 - TouchNet is pleased to announce its platinum sponsorship of the Canadian Ellucian Users Group (CEUG). By expanding our relationship with CEUG, we can deliver more timely information and updates related to the easy-to-administer payment and campus card solutions that are the hallmark of our long-term, strategic partnership with Ellucian.

Included in those higher-ed specific solutions are Ellucian Payment Center by TouchNet, which consolidates multiple payment silos into a single, unified system. On the credentials side, Ellucian OneCard VIP by TouchNet runs in the cloud, stays in sync with student information systems — including Banner, PowerCampus, and Quercus — and manages the broad range of permissions and authorizations required on today’s modern campuses.

In addition to integrating seamlessly with institutions’ ERPs, TouchNet’s comprehensive solutions platform is PCI compliant, fully scalable, and secure. It also allows schools to customize to fit their needs and conduct business remotely if necessary. This flexibility proved invaluable to schools that were able to quickly pivot to contactless solutions and remain engaged with disbursed students at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. TouchNet continues to develop new features and solutions that give schools additional contactless options. 

TouchNet, a member of the Global Payments network of companies, offers a broad range of solutions that allow our higher ed customers to securely accept all payment types, simplify compliance, and efficiently operate their businesses. 

Visit touchnet.com for more information.

Higher Education Conference - February 2-4, 2021

January 25, 2021 - The Strata Information Group is sponsoring an on-line  conference featuring scores of sessions focused on Ellucian technologies.  This looks to be an excellent way to develop your awareness and knowledge of new features and functions in support of Banner and Colleague.  The fees for registration are being waived this year and content will be available on-demand for one-month, for the convenience of those who register.  

The keynote speaker will be Professor Alex Carter.  She is a professor at the Columbia Law School, a negotiations trainer for the United Nations, and author of the book, Ask for More: Ten Questions to Negotiate Anything.  Her keynote promises to be engaging and instructive.  Click here for a welcome video from Professor Carter. 

We invite all business users and technical support teams working in Ellucian technologies to take advantage of this complimentary learning opportunity. 

Partnering with Thompson Rivers University for Resolving Payment Data Gaps

January 19, 2021 -THE CHALLENGE WITH "MYSTERY PAYMENTS". The main challenge of international wire transfers is the time frame from when the wire transfer is initiated to when it is deposited and applied to student accounts. The two primary reasons for these delays are: International banking wire processes and payment transfers arriving to the University without required student information. These payments with missing data, termed “mystery payments” by Thompson Rivers University’s finance officers, cost the University several weeks of manual data matching to settle payments into the correct student accounts....

Read further on how PayMyTuition improved the process and removed friction for international payments processing for the university, saving them both time and money, while enabling students to register faster in order to attain on-time graduation. 

 

CEUG Update

December 2020

Our reflection and updates of 2020 at CEUG.

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Newsroom
December 4, 2020

This is our series of monthly blogs, case studies and other news from our Corporate Sponsors

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Re-Imagining Student Engagement at the University of Leeds

The University of Leeds has established a transformational change programme called the ‘Student Lifecycle Programme’ to improve the processes, systems, and ways of working that supports student education administration across the student lifecycle from enquiry to graduation.

Strata Information Group (SIG) was selected to support the university on the basis of extensive industry experience as well as functional and technical knowledge about the Ellucian Banner® solution. The project utilised the SIG Back-to-Basics methodology to fast-track business process requirements that would form the foundation for a detailed implementation strategy.

Check out SIG's case study that describes how SIG helped the Student Lifecycle Programme to organise tasks, prioritise work-streams, and plan its next phase objectives.

 

Newsroom
November 24, 2020

This is our series of monthly blogs, case studies and other news from our Corporate Sponsors

Taking the friction out of processing tuition refunds for Canadian educational institutions

It is a challenging time for educational institutions in Canada, with increased demand for tuition refunds taking a toll on school staff and resources. Traditional ways of processing tuition refunds have left schools reliant on archaic systems which have lagged in innovation and efficiencies. Refunds may sound like a simple and turnkey transaction, but when it comes to providing a refund to a student, the process becomes complex, costly and time intensive.

When a domestic student requests a tuition refund educational institution’s undergo high processing fees, heavy paper pushing and data acquisition, and manual backend accounting updates and entries. This process can last a tedious one to three weeks to refund tuition payments back to the student.

At PayMyTuition, our goal is to develop innovative solutions that are designed with educational institutions in mind to solve the complex challenges that they experience with traditional ways of payment processing. By way of our newly developed AI and machine learning technology, we can now enable colleges and universities to settle tuition refund payments simply and easily in a matter of minutes, removing the friction that exists within the space today.

Platinum Sponsor Announcement - SIG

November 23, 2020 - CEUG is pleased to welcome SIG (Strata Information Group) as a Platinum Sponsor.

SIG offers functional and technical consulting expertise in Ellucian Banner®, Colleague® and Degree Works, remote Oracle database administration, short term or ongoing staff augmentation, and large-scale transformation projects such as ERP system consolidation or optimization, technology adoption, cloud migration, business process redesign, and support for shared services.

SIG exists to help clients drive a new era of student engagement by realizing the full potential of their IT ecosystems.  SIG’s deep understanding of higher education and the Ellucian portfolio of products and solutions allows for rapid assessment and identification of opportunities to better use existing functionality as designed, improve processes, or reduce complexity for cloud migration.

Platinum Sponsor Announcement - PayMyTuition

November 19, 2020 - CEUG is pleased to welcome PayMyTuition as a Platinum Sponsor. 

“Having this level of sponsorship with the CEUG is an opportunity for us to grow our partnership with them even further, while having the ability to expand our awareness across their educational institution community in Canada,” said Arif Harji, Director, Chief Market Strategist at MTFX Group, “As a company who puts technology first, we know the importance of working with leading-edge system integrators like Ellucian and the value they offer schools across the country. Our goal at PayMyTuition is to save schools time and money with our innovative technologies by removing the friction that exists within the student payments space today.”