Platt College now enjoys the benefits of Three Rivers Systems Inc.’s CAMS® Enterprise, the disruptive technology choice, as its new academic enterprise resource planning system, or ERP, for managing its entire student lifecycle. A disruptive technology is an innovation creating a new market and value network to “disrupt” an existing market by displacing earlier technology.
The Aurora, Colo.-nursing-and-design school selected CAMS Enterprise over several well-known, more- conventional ERP providers unable to match CAMS’ out-of-the-box configuration, self-service customization, total integration and growth capacity.
Registrar Elizabeth Giddens who led the college’s thorough evaluation process said,“We picked CAMS Enterprise because it is the most-comprehensive academic management system we could find. We got more functionality at a better price, and we’re already seeing return on investment. CAMS is a fully integrated ERP that manages all student information around one shared database and has the functionality of a learning-management and document-imaging system — all in one.”
According to Giddens, the complete CAMS Enterprise system was installed and implemented in a scant five months unlike other systems that can take years. “CAMS Enterprise is Microsoft-based so it’s, easy to use and intuitive. Training was a snap, as well,” she said.
Three Rivers Systems President and Founder Amir Tajkarimi lauded the institution for its handling of the implementation and training. “From our perspective, Platt College is the gold standard for how an implementation should be managed from the client side,” he said. “They had all their data from multiple sources ready for conversion, and they prepared for training sessions well ahead of time by practicing in the system throughout the process. CAMS Enterprise is fully integrated and built from the ground up with 100-percent Microsoft technology so implementation is always rapid and hassle-free.”
Nursing schools in general face some daunting challenges these days. Among them, finding and retaining the best students, supplying an ever-changing nursing pipeline and addressing the needs of working professionals — RNs seeking BSNs, for example. Not to mention keeping up with mounting health-care reform legislation and reporting.
As the National League for Nursing reports, all this calls for effective and proactive strategic planning and flawless execution. But schools can't address today’s challenges with yesterday's academic management technology.
That's why institutions like Platt College are switching to CAMS Enterprise and saying good-bye to outdated higher-education management systems.
Higher-education administrators have diverse and demanding duties focused on aligning greater institutional goals and strategies with day-to-day business operations. These challenges require real-time access to information across all offices, departments, campuses and clinics.
“With CAMS Enterprise, we can conduct instantaneous sophisticated business analysis via easy-to-read configurable dashboards,” Giddens said. “This gives our business operations the strategic edge we’ve been seeking,” she added.
Healthcare industry watchers say advanced degrees for nurses are no longer optional. But most working professionals can’t afford to leave their jobs and go back to school full time. Savvy nursing schools like Platt’s know online education is a reliable alternative to traditional classes. According to one report, 81 percent of all post-secondary students in the U.S. will be taking some or all of their courses online by 2014.
CAMS Enterprise is uniquely capable of meeting the special requirements of online programs. Whether it’s having the flexibility to offer semesters, trimesters, serial or concurrent terms all with variable start and end dates, CAMS can be readily configured.
CAMS provides everything colleges and universities, especially nursing schools, need to manage the entire student lifecycle, including recruitment; marketing; online applications; block-and-sequence registration; registration and payment; integrated financial aid; built-in degree audit; outcome tracking; built-in portals; mandated reports and much more, all integrated with medical applications.
About Platt College
Platt College, in Aurora, Colo., offers quality undergraduate education in nursing and design while providing graduates with competencies, skills and levels of education for employment and continued success in higher education. The School of Nursing at Platt College prepares employment-ready graduates for diverse professional nursing practice while promoting personal and professional integrity and utilization of evidence to provide competent, safe, high quality, effective care for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.
About CAMS Enterprise
CAMS Enterprise’s disruptive technology makes it a fundamentally different academic ERP unlike all others that were designed for the past and are incapable of operating efficiently in the modern world. CAMS Enterprise is an easy-to-use and implement, totally integrated, Web-native management system with everything in one place — admissions; student information; financial aid; student services; fiscal management with HR and payroll; fund-raising; alumni relations; document management, learning management, a full suite of portals, and more for managing the entire student life cycle. With an out-of-the-box configuration and self-service customization, CAMS Enterprise removes all barriers to success seen with conventional systems. CAMS’ affordable licensing, off-the-shelf configuration and easy implementation translate into the lowest total cost of ownership of any academic ERP while yielding the quickest and highest ROI.
About Three Rivers Systems Inc.
Three Rivers Systems Inc. is the only privately held, independent, debt-free, one-stop company focused solely on high-quality academic ERP solutions exclusively for higher education. For more than 25 years from its St. Louis headquarters, the company is keenly focused on innovation and service to its worldwide customers. Always innovating, the company invests significant revenues back into product R&D to improve existing products while developing new ones so users always get the exact functionality, industry experience and accurate project management they need. Its business model and products are designed to ensure institutional effectiveness, more-efficient business processes, student success and satisfaction.