A major OIT initiative currently underway is the installation of the Unified Communications (UC) Platform. UC technology platform integrates, IP telephony, instant messaging, web conferencing, audio, and video. The goal of UC is to create a single platform that supports synchronous and asynchronous communication providing end-users access to a variety of tools from whatever computing device they may choose to use while on campus. OIT began implementation the UC Platform upgrade June 2016.
Self-Service and Mobility
Self-service and mobility can increase productivity and satisfaction across the campus community by empowering students, faculty, and staff with the means to access important information at any time, from anywhere, using the device of their choice. The implementation of new enhancements and functionality within the following applications will support this endeavor.
Students need help navigating degree requirements, payment options, and the financial aid process; while staff and counselors need to spend their time more efficiently and strategically. Colleague Self-Service provides online information that keeps everyone on track and up to speed. Some of the new enhancements include person proxy, immediate payment control, faculty grading, and attendance tracking.
Brookdale’s Mobile App
The Brookdale mobile app helps extend our digital campus by providing real-time integration with our Colleague ERP System to deliver high-demand information that our students, faculty, and staff need. Some of the new enhancements include views of student financials, notifications, integration with third-party native applications, and single sign-on to web applications.
Colleague User Interface
Colleague User Interface 5.0 (UI5) is scheduled to be released mid-to-late September 2016. Using industry standard web controls, Colleague UI5 offers a modern, intuitive interface that improves users’ ability to access the information they need to succeed. This includes enhanced navigation with drop-down menus, drag and drop capability, and radio buttons. UI5 also delivers greater mobility and accessibility to staff by allowing Colleague administrative functionality on a tablet. UI5 will replace Silverlight with HTML 5, angularjs, and css, which will be compatible with all major browsers, including IE, Edge, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari (MAC).
Colleague Payment Plans
Recent enhancements to Colleague’s Payment Plan module will make it easier for Brookdale to maintain their own payment plans in house. Payment Plans within Colleague can now be batch created, modified, and canceled. Students can view and pay on their plans online using Student Finance Self-Service. Communications Management can be used to send out important payment plan information and e-statements.
25Live Scheduling Software
Now that the college’s scheduling software has been successfully migrated to a cloud-based SaaS solution, the next phase will be to implement the varied campus-wide class and event scheduling capabilities of 25Live. 25Live enables event planners and academic schedulers to search dates and venues, and schedule campus space and resources all in one program. It also enables automatic posting and display of scheduled events to e-calendars throughout campus.
As a first step towards a SQL migration, we will be migrating the Colleague ERP System from a Unix to a Linux platform. As the college’s mission-critical UNIX server is nearing its end-of-life cycle, the move to Linux is a much more cost-effective alternative and more robust operating system.