OneCarolina Teams Attend SunGard Summit 2010 (April 26, 2010)
OneCarolina project team members recently attended the SunGard Higher Education Summit. The annual conference brings together over 6,000 educators, administrators, and technical specialists for discussions and seminars on the latest developments in administrative systems and technologies.
The Summit featured over six hundred information sessions covering a wide range of topics. Conference participants were able to select sessions based on areas of interest, such as academic and business affairs, higher education finance, information technology, student services, and enrollment management.
"The sessions on the Luminis Portal were very informative," said Eric Patterson, senior applications analyst with University Technology Services. "We got to see how some of the other universities are using it to create an on-line single point of access for everything from internal announcements and student grades, to cafeteria menus and campus events. That's part of what we want to do with OneCarolina."
The summit also offered software demonstrations from SunGard and third-party vendors. "We attended a technical overview of the SunGard Document Management Suite," said Michael Cathcart, web services manager for UTS. "The session was really in-depth, and the presenters were very willing to answer questions." SunGard's Document Management Suite provides services for administrative document imaging, storing, management, and reporting.
Birds of a Feather sessions gave participants a chance to meet with their counterparts from other institutions. Jennifer Burr, associate registrar at the Columbia campus, attended a session on registration and record systems. "People from registrar offices all over the country were able to discuss various issues they face, as well as lessons learned. It was an opportunity for us to share information and helpful tips."
One working lunch session brought together teams from colleges in South Carolina to discuss common approaches to administrative and technical issues. "I had a number of opportunities to talk to staff from other institutions," said Julia Bellon, associate registrar from the Columbia campus. "The information and advice I received was very helpful, especially about the difficulties and rewards of the implementation process."
SunGard Higher Education works with colleges and universities in over 40 countries, and has been chosen by the University of South Carolina for the Student Services phase of the OneCarolina project. To learn more about the University's partnership with SunGard HE, see the SunGard HE press release.