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Texas State University-San Marcos Selects SunGard Higher Education to Help Improve Campus Services and Business Processes

MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 19, 2009 — Texas State University-San Marcos has chosen to use products and professionals from SunGard Higher Education to help build the institution’s next-generation digital campus. The project of implementing the Banner Unified Digital Campus will be supported by a team of project management and services specialists from SunGard Higher Education. 

“We expect that the SunGard Higher Education Banner Unified Digital Campus solutions will help us significantly improve the student’s experience at Texas State, both through the increased functionality available to students online, as well as by enhancing the faculty’s and staff’s ability to better serve students’ needs,” said C. Van Wyatt, PhD, vice president for information technology. “By leveraging the best practices within Banner, we expect to increase the effectiveness and efficiencies of our business processes.”
The University licensed an array of Banner UDC solutions; namely Banner Student, Financial Aid, Enrollment Management Suite, Operational Data Store (ODS), Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), DegreeWorks and Document Management Suite solutions. Together the solutions will help the institution meet its goals of improving efficiencies, streamlining operations, furthering recruitment and retention efforts, and providing better constituent services.
“Banner will help us better serve our students by improving access to academic and administrative services, and by providing these services in a more personalized way. We anticipate that the portal feature of the system will be very popular with students as they conduct their business and will help strengthen our retention efforts,” said Michael Heintze, PhD, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Marketing at the University.
In addition, the SunGard Higher Education Banner ODS and EDW, with their pre-built integration, higher education focus and content along with IBM Cognos tools, will help the University start developing a culture of high performance based on consistent access to accurate information. “We really like the fact that the EDW has a set of pre-configured reports and student cubes that will step up our reporting capabilities from day one,” said Mark Hughes, assistant vice president for Technology Resources. These solutions will help the University transition from simply gathering data to leveraging information.”
The University chose a fixed-fee model for project management, implementation, training and consulting services from SunGard Higher Education to better manage the final overall cost of the project. “The implementation of any large software project is always a complex process with opportunities for unforeseen problems,” said Joe Williams, Student System project manager. “By choosing a fixed fee implementation, Texas State has elected to transfer some of the risk involved to SunGard Higher Education to manage.  As a result, we hope to better manage the final overall cost of the project.”
“We worked hard to design the right implementation model and complete solution approach that met the institution’s high standards and economic needs,” said Brad Rucker, senior vice president, Services at SunGard Higher Education. “Texas State University is well known for its commitment to academic excellence and we look forward to being a part of continuing that legacy.”   
About Texas State University – San Marcos
Mission: Texas State University-San Marcos is a public, student-centered, doctoral granting institution dedicated to excellence in serving the educational needs of the diverse population of Texas and the world beyond. It is a member of the Texas State University System. For more information, visit

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
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

*January 2009 Technology Vendors Financial Database Tracker
Trademark information: SunGard, the SunGard logo and Banner are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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