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Ellucian: Reinventing Higher Ed with Technology

Peter Sinisgalli, Executive Chairman
Ellucian is a path-breaking technology solutions and services company helping higher education institutions remove barriers and achieve student success. It was established more than 40 years ago, and today, the company serves 2500 institutions and 18 million students in 50 countries around the globe with the technology that is designed specifically for higher education, cloud-based solutions, and professional services. Ellucian provides Student Information Systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics, and advancement software solutions to aid students and educators alike. “Ellucian’s passion for the value of higher education and learning fosters our ability to meet today’s needs and anticipate tomorrow’s,” states Peter Sinisgalli, Executive Chairman, Ellucian.

Committed to create an environment where students receive the services they require, faculty facilitate learning, and departmental staff has the information and support to be more effective, Ellucian is adopting new tools and technologies. The Ellucian Ethos Platform securely integrates workflows, data, and applications at every stage of the student life cycle and offers comprehensive role-based analytics to improve decision making, increase collaboration with partners and institution systems, extend capabilities and enhance the versatility of the institution. Also, Ellucian’s SIS platform Banner Student enables institutions to cater to the diverse needs of the student population, in processes like admissions, registration, curriculum management, assessment, financial aid, record keeping, and more.

Today, many college and university leaders are struggling to make sense of the overwhelming amount of data they have at their fingertips in a timely fashion. Addressing this need is Ellucian Analytics, a role-based SaaS solution that serves as a comprehensive real-time source of easily accessible, accurate and timely information from an institution’s systems. This helps create a culture wherein decision makers at all levels can proactively use analytics to answer key business questions. The solution also enhances the student experience by helping visualize, analyze and predict data trends based on historical and real-time data.

Ellucian’s passion for the value of higher education and learning fosters our ability to meet today’s needs and anticipate tomorrow’s


To enable institutions to extend, configure, and add technologies as campuses evolve, without sacrificing existing investments, the company has designed the Ellucian Extensible Ecosystem (XE). The Ellucian (XE) protects institutions’ investments and helps them expand or adopt solutions as priorities shift.

As a welcome replacement for time-consuming, resource intensive and error-prone manual transcript processing, Ellucian provides ETranscript that automates this process, from student identification and validation to order collection and fulfillment. The company also offers self-motivated learning experiences to students via curriculum crafted through gamification. Further, Ellucian Brainstorm is a Competency- Based Education (CBE) solution that offers a personalized experience for students.

Ellucian’s wide range of products is focused on enhancing the efficiency of the modern connected campus. For instance, St. Peter’s University, located in Jersey City, NJ wanted to establish an online BA/BS in business to reach adult learners and those unable to attend traditional college courses. By partnering with Ellucian’s Academic and Grant Services’ instructional design team, the University developed an attractive online degree program that helped in retaining their high academic standards.

In addition, Ellucian’s services contribute to the institution’s retention rate by helping strike a balance between learning activities and the administrative functions that support them. The services make it easy for faculty to track attendance along with grades and students are more likely to improve with timely access to their ongoing assessments or final grades.

With a positive outlook towards educating the world, the Ellucian team believes in the power of collaboration and draws on the collective insight of a global education community to help move education forward. The company is evolving driven by the ambition to leverage latest technologies to serve the higher education system efficiently.