Information Systems

Tcnet replacement

Tusculum College proceeds with ICE Consortium information management system conversion

Last year, Tusculum College elected to become part of the Independent College Enterprise (ICE) Consortium for technology. The non-for-profit consortium includes Alderson Broaddus College, Davis & Elkins College, Emory & Henry College, the University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Peace University and Bethany College. Through the consortium, the schools agree to engage in cooperative use of computer and information technology hardware, software, services and other information technology products and services. The consortium is housed at the University of Charleston in West Virginia.

Shared programs will include Datatel “Colleague” for student systems, financials and human resources, Blackbaud’s “Raiser’s Edge” for alumni and development and Entrinsik’s “Informer” for web reporting. The consortium has a separate information technology staff that will support the hardware and software, as well as systems coordination and helpdesk functions.

The College, in conjunction with ICE and Datatel representatives, has been diligently engaged with planning, scheduling, implementation, conversion and migration from the current myriad of separate stand-alone systems and TCNet to an integrated database management system utilizing the Datatel “Colleague” Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

Key employees have already been participating in training and the conversion is anticipated to go smoothly. As the new system is implemented, it is expected to provide the College a number of advantages in managing and sharing information across platforms.

Additional updates on implementation, scheduling and process will be made available in the coming weeks.