Central State University Enrolls Oracle Cloud to Help More Students Get Degrees

WILBERFORCE, OH. – Central State University has selected Oracle Student Management to help increase degree attainment and open educational opportunity to all students. Part of the Oracle Student Cloud suite, the technology will empower Central State to better reach, enroll, and ensure the success of students in its upcoming Distance Learning Program. In addition, select Oracle University classes will be added to the program in Fall 2019 broadening the university’s curriculum with new 21st-century technology skills that will further prepare students for the modern workforce.

Central State has an esteemed history of extending learning opportunities to diverse communities. Founded in 1887, Central State is one of 19 1890 Land-Grant institutions in the United States. Today, as an internationally growing university, it aims to be a premier institution with excellence in teaching and learning that embraces diversity and produces graduates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to make valuable contributions in a global society.

Central State realized that a modern technology approach was needed to reach more students and provide them the opportunity to learn on the time, schedule, and pace that best meets their unique needs and lifestyle. Oracle Student Management will play a critical role in helping the University not only attract new students to its Distance Learning program, but also provide the proactive intelligence needed to improve retention and success rates across the entire University. Central State also plans to add additional Oracle Cloud technologies over time to further improve operational efficiency and deliver an engaging, personalized student experience.

“Increasing student enrollment, improving retention, and speeding time to a degree are core priorities for Central State,” said Dr. Cynthia Jackson- Hammond, President and Chief Executive Officer, Central State University. “We understand that every student is different and has pressures of work and life that often derail their path. With Oracle Student Management, we will be able to further reach and support those students through our upcoming Distance Learning Program, ensuring they achieve the degree they need to better their employment opportunities.”

Enhancing the traditional capabilities of student information systems (SIS), Oracle Student Management helps transform the student experience with capabilities for recruiting, engagement, support, and management. Leveraging emerging technologies and built in automation, the offering delivers the insights universities need to anticipate student needs and monitor progress more proactively, illuminate the right path to better academic outcomes, and empower student success. The Oracle Student Cloud suite is designed to support a variety of business models, from a straightforward “pay to enroll” to managing complex academic requirements, providing the right footprint for each university’s unique needs.

“Delivering both traditional and non-traditional academic programs effectively requires institutions to be more visionary and have the right solutions to execute that vision,” said Vivian Wong, Oracle’s group vice president of Higher Education Development. “Oracle is partnering with Central State on their Student Cloud journey, to ensure both the University and the students themselves have the advanced tools, touchpoints, and knowledge they need to advance degree achievement.”

To further enhance Central State’s Distance Learning Program, new Oracle University classes will be added to the online course curriculum. As part of the Oracle Workforce Development Program (WDP), initial courses will center around advancing skills in Oracle Database, SQL and Java and will be available for workforce, government, military, corporate, and other non-traditional students.

Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio, is a regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant University with a 131-year tradition of preparing students from diverse backgrounds and experiences for leadership, research, and service. The University, which has been named HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest, fosters academic excellence within a nurturing environment and provides a strong liberal arts foundation and STEM-Ag curriculum leading to professional careers and advanced studies globally.

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