OneCarolina Partners with SunGard Higher Education (October 12, 2009)
The University of South Carolina has announced a partnership with Sungard Higher Education. OneCarolina is the University's multi-year initiative to replace its outdated administrative computing applications, including Student Information Systems, Finance, Sponsored Programs and Human Resources into one easily accessible, Web-based system.
“The University and the OneCarolina team are pleased to move forward with this exciting project, and to be working with SunGard Higher Education” said Kimberly South, Public Relations Coordinator for University Technology Services. “The OneCarolina project will be an engine for technology transformation at the University of South Carolina, and we will be calling upon SunGard’s extensive expertise to partner with USC.”
SunGard Higher Education is a global leader in software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector. It services more than 1,600 higher education customers worldwide, and has annual revenues exceeding $4 billion. They are the leading provider of software and support, systems implementation and integration, strategic consulting, and technology management services to colleges and universities. The company seeks to strike a positive balance between people, processes, and technology to strengthen institutional performance.
In a letter announcing OneCarolina, Dr. Andrew Sorensen, President of the University of South Carolina, outlined the purpose and scope of the OneCarolina project. With increased growth in the academic community, Sorensen believes students, faculty, and staff will expect “instant, mobile access to fast and ubiquitous communications networks; comprehensive storehouses of digital information; cutting-edge, computer-driven resources for instruction, scholarship, and research; and contemporary IT business and administrative tools to help manage the USC enterprise efficiently. OneCarolina promises to meet or exceed all of these expectations.”
SunGard HE will be implementing an extensive suite of software systems that are managed under their Banner System. Banner is a software suite that will provide improved services, such as: allowing students easier access to their records, schedules, and class information; assist Human Resources in managing employee data and benefits; streamlining University financial practices; and improving University development and distribution of grant programs. These enhanced services will be available online through a secure login for University students, faculty, and staff.
“With increased growth in our academic community, and our ongoing emphasis in establishing and maintaining research partnerships in the public sector, the University is under greater demands to provide secure, comprehensive administrative services,” said South. “The OneCarolina project will move us quickly into that future.”