Higher education is going digital. From the Common Application to applying for graduation after four years of study, almost every step of a student’s college career requires some form of digital input. Whether colleges send laptops to new students or offer a seemingly endless supply of computers in university libraries, an undergraduate student needs to be online to succeed on campus, and administrative campus computer systems have grown into a billion-dollar business since the 1980s.
Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC)—a United Methodist-affiliated school in Owensboro, Kentucky—has won the most Division II men’s basketball national championships in the country, but the four-year liberal arts college is stepping up their digital game by choosing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. KWC has selected Three Rivers Systems’ CAMS Enterprise, and KWC students will rely on this easy-to-use academic management system for almost everything including admissions, registration, billing, financial aid, student services, fundraising, fiscal management, human resources, and payroll.
“We're executing a long-term plan to strengthen our institution and have set ambitious goals to increase enrollment and improve our retention rates,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Paula Dehn. “In pursuit of these objectives, we want to provide our faculty, staff and students with the information they need to make data-driven decisions. CAMS Enterprise will provide us with these capabilities and will help us achieve these institutional goals."
As for why KWC went with Three Rivers Systems, Dr. Dehn spoke to specific advantages of the CAMS Enterprise software. "Its Student Risk 360 module will help us proactively identify and intervene with at-risk students while there's still time to turn them around,” she said. “Its Degree Audit module will provide our students with a clear understanding of what they need to do to progress towards graduation. And its built-in business analytics will help us track our progress toward meeting institutional goals and will provide us with the ability to drill down deeper into the data for improved analysis and decision-making."
KWC joins other Methodist-related institutions including Alaska Pacific University, Iowa Wesleyan College, Louisburg College, and Spartanburg Methodist College that use CAM Enterprise as their ERP system. Three Rivers Systems provides ERP software focused solely on higher education. "Kentucky Wesleyan College is clearly committed to the success of its students and continuously seeks to improve student learning, residential life, undergraduate research, access to technology, and service to the community,” said Amir Tajkarimi, founder and president of Three Rivers Systems.
KWC plans to use the new software to increase enrollment and improve student retention rates. Apparently, it takes more than great professors and championship-winning athletic teams to attract and keep students enrolled in today’s competitive college market.