With a mission to provide the best student experience among Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, Western University is committed to making sustainability education and promotion an integral part of students’ daily lives. Western is a vibrant learning center with 1,164 faculty members and almost 34,750 undergraduate and graduate students. Through its 12 faculties and schools, and three affiliated colleges, the university offers more than 60 different degree and diploma programs.
Western recognizes that it has been a large contributor to greenhouse gases and for this reason, has made environmental stewardship a priority. As a public institution, the university has a responsibility to the community as well. Western University has a large footprint within the city, and for this reason it also strives to ensure that it performs its processes as sustainably as possible, using the fewest resources.
Western’s IT department has served as a leader in this realm. As a department that has used Oracle products for more than 16 years, it continues to drive change by implementing various technologies, such as server virtualization. The department endeavors to find the best solution to each unique challenge. It recognizes the value of automating manual processes and the importance of delivering systems that enable staff to perform at a level that allows them to most effectively serve their constituents.
The university’s IT team deployed an Oracle-based solution to reduce costs and redundancy, improve efficiency and service, and simplify and optimize processes.
Western has been a long-term Oracle customer, and it sought an integrated system that offered an all-encompassing service for students, staff, and faculty. Oracle products have helped simplify processes and improve service by providing students, staff, and faculty with access to real-time information—a great improvement over past processes.
Many positive attributes have contributed to Western University’s sustainability efforts success thus far. Western’s leadership team, through to the front-line staff, coordinated and collaborated to enable transparency throughout the process. Staff and students were aware of the commitment Western has made to the sustainability program.
With such a supportive organizational culture, it has been easy for Western to undertake investments in IT—such as Oracle’s PeopleSoft solutions. The university’s senior leadership recognizes the technologies’ value and has implemented processes to ensure staff, students, and faculty understand the reasons for the change, and recognize the new applications’ benefits. This has made for a holistic implementation and execution experience.