Texas A&M University has been honored by University Business magazine in its “Models of Efficiency” program for 2012, citing the innovative approach the institution took in streamlining undergraduate course adjustments in the registrar’s degree audit office.
“Models of Efficiency” is a national recognition program implemented by the magazine, in partnership with Higher One, a company focused on helping college business offices manage operations and providing enhanced service to students, to honor institutions of higher learning that meet the education business and technology challenges of today’s campuses.
In serving one of the largest undergraduate enrollments in the nation, officials in the Texas A&M registrar’s office said they were being inundated with “thousands of pieces of paper a day.” Working with the provost office’s information technology team, they incorporated a customized software package to replace the paper-based process.
“We are always looking to improve our processes and capitalize in technology to gain efficiencies for the benefit of our students,” said Joseph. J. Pettibon II, Texas A&M associate vice president for academic services. “It is great to have that work recognized in our Office of the Registrar.”
University Business and Higher One representatives explained “Models of Efficiency” was established to acknowledge innovation in higher education administrative and business practices.
“We launched ‘Models of Efficiency’ to call attention to institutions of higher learning that are creating solutions to some of the technology and business process challenges that can plague schools,” said Tim Goral, editor-in-chief of University Business. “We identify schools that have created replicable solutions, so that other institutions can learn from them.”
“It’s a very rewarding experience to partner with University Business in recognizing operational efficiencies on campuses across the country,” said Dean Hatton, Higher One CEO. “The creativity, tenacity and determination demonstrated by ‘Models of Efficiency’ winners are inspiring to us in the private sector as we continue to strive to streamline operations and improve services in higher education business offices elsewhere.”
In addition to Texas A&M, the 2012 honorees include Catawba College, North Carolina; George Mason University, Virginia; George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; Houston Community College, Texas; Lakeland Community College, Ohio; Mercer University, Georgia; Northwest Arkansas Community College; Ogeechee Technical College, Georgia; Salisbury University, Maryland; Texas A&M International University, Laredo; University of Central Oklahoma; University of Virginia; Victor Valley College, California; Wake Technical Community College, North Carolina; and Wilkes University, Pennsylvania.
To see the Texas A&M case study that led to the university’s “Models of Efficiency” recognition, go to: http://www.universitybusiness.com/moe/article/provost-information-technology-office-registrar-texas-am-university.
For more about the overall “Models of Efficiency” program, go to: http://www.universitybusiness.com/moe.
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