Santa Barbara City College Gives Campus Pipeline High Marks
Survey Results Confirm Need to Launch the Campus Pipeline Web Platform Campus Wide
SALT LAKE CITY—October 22, 2002—Following a successful pilot program and very positive survey results, leaders at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) rolled out the Campus Pipeline™ Web Platform to the entire campus. The Web Platform provides students, faculty, and staff with access to all Web-based campus services from a single location and password.
The Campus Pipeline Web Platform is a key technology component of SBCC’s initiative to provide its students, faculty, and staff with anytime, anywhere access to campus information and services. Over the course of three semesters, 4,104 students and 47 instructors participated in a test pilot of the software, and more than 500 were surveyed on their experience. After receiving overwhelmingly positive results from the survey, SBCC decided to fully commit to using the Web Platform as the foundation for its enterprise-wide digital campus—a network that integrates an institution’s technology, information, services, and communities under a single online roof.
SBCC used in-depth evaluations of more than 500 students and faculty members to track system usage and satisfaction during the pilot program. The information helped the IT staff improve system performance and determine which features were most critical.
· The College found that 86 percent of students found the portal to be extremely or very useful, 94 percent found it easily accessible, and 95 percent found it easy to use.
· Students reported an improvement in the quality of their traditional and distance learning classes, as Campus Pipeline enables them to easily track their academic standing.
· Faculty members were able to spend double the time with students as a result of improved lines of communication.
· Eighty percent of students who participated in the program believed that Campus Pipeline helped them to better communicate with their instructors.
“After evaluating a variety of technology options, we found that Campus Pipeline had a phenomenal vision for the digital campus and a proven ability to integrate various systems and applications,” said Mike Gallegos, dean of instructional technology, Santa Barbara City College. “Our successful pilot program and very positive survey results demonstrate how important our digital campus is in supporting our constituents.”
Gallegos also notes that a key factor in the decision-making process was that the Campus Pipeline Web Platform is based on open standards and can easily integrate with the College’s current and future technology investments, including its:
· Degree Audit Reporting Software (DARS) — SBCC’s Degree Audit Reporting Software is an automated process for tracking a student’s academic progress toward completing an academic program. This self-advising tool greatly simplifies the preparation process required for student transfer and graduation.
· WebGrades — This homegrown technology enables students to view their grades and GPAs for a given semester and is used as an easy-to-use tool for instructors to post grades online.
· WebCT course tools — Seamless integration between the Web Platform and the WebCT learning management system gives students and faculty convenient access to teaching and learning tools for course development, course delivery, and course administration, while increasing involvement and sense of community.
· Oracle Student Information System — Once SBCC implements its Oracle student information system and integrates it with the Campus Pipeline Web Platform, students will be able to register and add and drop classes online. The survey found this feature to be the most requested by students.
“Santa Barbara City College is among a growing number of institutions focused on unifying their digital campuses for the benefit of campus constituents,” said Andy Cooley, senior vice president of marketing and product management at Campus Pipeline. “They are being very innovative in using the Campus Pipeline Web Platform to maximize their technology investments and improve the campus experience.”
About Santa Barbara City College
Ideally situated on 74-acre campus that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara City College provides its students with intellectual development, career preparation, cultural understanding and personal growth, in order to foster a diverse and caring community of learners where all are welcome and each is challenged. The California-based College was founded in 1909 and boasts a national and international student base of 16,500 in over 90 areas of study.
About Campus Pipeline, Inc.
Campus Pipeline, Inc. delivers software and services for higher education, helping institutions unify campus data, enterprise applications, and services into a Web-centralized “digital campus.” Today more than 200 colleges and universities worldwide use Campus Pipeline technologies including the Campus Pipeline™ Web Platform, the industry’s first and most widely used Web platform, and the Campus Pipeline™ Luminis™ family of platform, content management, and integration products. For more information, call 888.682.PIPE or visit www.campuspipeline.com.
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