The Member Colleges of the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium saw a need to embark on a project to determine the next generation Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for each college. Champlain’s and Saint Michael’s ERP is Colleague from Ellucian which handles student records, human resources and payroll, advancement, admission and other administrative functions. Many users interact with the ERP via Webadvisor or Knightvision. Middlebury uses Banner and BannerWeb, also from Ellucian.
This research effort started with a survey sent in the spring of 2016 to faculty, student and staff to get an accurate understanding of what is working well in the current system, what are the pain points and needs for improvement, and what features users would like to see in the future to provide a better experience, better customer service and better reporting tools. The themes uncovered by the survey were further explored in on-campus listening sessions in May and June 2016 which had over 100 attendees at each college.
A request for proposals was sent out for Human Resources Management, Payroll, Finance and Student functions in August of 2016. Demos were conducted in the fall of 2016. Finalists were chosen in December 2016. In June 2017, the three member colleges unanimously voted to purchase Blackbaud’s RENXT for Advancement Services and Oracle’s Cloud Fusion for Human Resources Management, Payroll and Finance.