MALVERN, Pa, October 09, 2009 — Mississippi Delta Community College has chosen SunGard Higher Education for project management and consulting services to implement the Banner Unified Digital Campus (UDC) on an accelerated implementation schedule, helping to bring the benefits of online and personalized self-service applications to its students, faculty and staff as quickly as possible.

The College will implement the Banner UDC using SunGard Higher Education’s Win Services, a set of services that are designed to implement the Banner UDC within a compressed timeframe and at a fixed price. 
 
“The Win Services implementation model will help us deliver more and better services to our constituents much faster than a traditional implementation,” said Larry G. Bailey, PhD, president, Mississippi Delta Community College. “We chose SunGard Higher Education to support us in this effort because of their high level of successful implementations at other community colleges and universities in Mississippi and across the nation.”
 
The College’s current technology platform does not provide any self-service capabilities, such as online registration. In addition, data among the different databases is not integrated, resulting in inaccurate and conflicting data between systems.  Also, the data is not always readily accessible to staff and others who need to access it. The College’s Banner UDC will include the entire integrated Banner UDC suite of student, finance, financial aid, human resource and advancement modules. The College will also implement the Banner Operational Data Store, an enterprise-wide operational and ad hoc reporting solution that is designed to provide a consistent view of institutional data and enables users to generate operational and ad hoc reports. The Luminis Platform will provide out-of-the-box integration with the Banner administrative system and one-stop online access to personalized information and services and enterprise communication applications.
 
“The Banner UDC will help staff throughout the entire MDCC system to work much more efficiently and accurately, while the self-service features available within the portal will help us deliver more effective and personalized interactions with all our constituents, helping to enhance the quality educational experience we provide at MDCC,” said Dr. Bailey. 
 
“Increasing enrollments and reduced funding are placing added pressure on community colleges to meet the needs of their constituents without adding staff,” said Brad Rucker, senior vice president of services at SunGard Higher Education. “The Win implementation model will help the college quickly ramp up its self-service features for its constituents while taking some of the pressure off its staff.”
 
About Mississippi Delta Community College
Mississippi Delta Community College is located at Moorhead, Mississippi. Dr. Larry G. Bailey is the seventh president to serve as the chief executive officer of the College. MDCC serves a large minority population in the district of the Mississippi Delta, and the institution embraces the philosophy of admissions where students of the district are provided the opportunities for learning experiences, e.g. general education II courses, counseling, tutorial assistance, etc. that will help the individual students to succeed in achieving their educational goals. Mississippi Delta Community College’s enrollment for Fall 2009 shows a total headcount of 3,419 which is an increase of 8.9% over Fall 2008.
MDCC serves students at five locations within the district: The Moorhead Campus of Mississippi Delta Community College, The Greenville Higher Education Center, The MDCC Charles W. Capps Jr. Technology Center, The Greenwood Center and The Drew Center.
 
 
About SunGard Higher Education
SunGard Higher Education provides software, systems integration, strategic consulting and technology management services to help colleges and universities build, unify and manage their digital campuses.  Bringing together people, processes and technology, SunGard Higher Education assists 1,600 colleges, universities, campuses, foundations and state systems strengthen institutional performance through improved constituent services, increased accountability and better educational experiences. Visit www.sungardhe.com.
 
About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and IT services companies.  SunGard serves more than 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries.
 
SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector.   SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.

With annual revenue exceeding $5 billion, SunGard is ranked 435 on the Fortune 500 and is the largest privately held business software and services company on the Forbes list of private businesses. Based on information compiled by Datamonitor*, SunGard is the third largest provider of business applications software after Oracle and SAP. Continuity, Insurance & Risk has recognized SunGard as service provider of the year an unprecedented six times.  For more information, please visit SunGard at
www.sungard.com.

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