Oracle Press Release

Washington State University to Enhance Student Experience and Operational Efficiency with Oracle

Leading Research Institution Will Optimize Student Systems and Increase Reliability While Adding New Analytical Capabilities

Redwood Shores, Calif. – July 26, 2010

News Facts

Washington State University (WSU), a world-class land grant research university serving more than 26,000 students, has selected a comprehensive set of Oracle software and infrastructure technology solutions to modernize its student data systems, improve service to students and deliver actionable business insight to university leaders. Washington State is partnering with Oracle Consulting on the project.
As WSU has grown in recent years, demands on its legacy student system have increased, resulting in a breaking point during student registration last fall. The university turned to Oracle to deploy a centralized student system with a reliable technology infrastructure supporting it. By combining Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions with Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, WSU will create a comprehensive and reliable student administration system that is user-friendly and secure, minimizes the demands on IT and integrates easily with other campus systems.
The new student system will enable the university to effectively meet and adapt to the changing needs of its student body across all four campuses and a distance learning program. It will provide each of the university’s 26,000 student and 6,000 faculty and staff users with timely data and self-service tools. For example, students will have access to personalized tools to manage academics, financial transactions and collaboration with other students and faculty. With the high performance inherent in Oracle’s technology, the system will be able to handle high-traffic events such as registration and new student orientation.
WSU will also add Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus and Oracle Campus Fusion Intelligence to deliver actionable student data via a series of dashboards – helping officials to perform their jobs more efficiently and improve decision making across the university. WSU administrators will be able to analyze student application and retention rates and course enrollment trends, as well as examine financial aid disbursement to make more informed decisions.
To minimize the IT resources, risk and maintenance efforts required, WSU opted to have Oracle host the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions Warehouse, PeopleSoft Enterprise Student Administration, PeopleSoft Enterprise Self Service for Student Administration, PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal and the Oracle User Productivity Developer, Employee and Student Administration content via Oracle On Demand.

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“Oracle’s solutions will provide us with the necessary resources to not only maintain our status as a leading public land grant research university but also to move the institution toward a digital campus.  By using Oracle On Demand to host our student solution, we will be able to minimize risk and maintenance efforts as well as deliver the project on time,” said Viji Murali, vice president for information services and chief information officer, Washington State University. 
“Sophisticated higher education institutions understand the importance of giving each student the flexibility to create his or her own unique campus experience. At the same time, these institutions know first-hand the challenges of rising educational costs, increased global competition for students and heightened regulatory requirements,” said Steve Koporec, vice president, Oracle Higher Education. “By optimizing their student systems with PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions and Oracle’s reliable technology infrastructure and advanced business intelligence tools, universities can provide students with tools that help them reach their full potential while giving administrators the tools to maximize the university’s operational efficiency.”

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