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Building for the future of higher ed with Student Cloud

Joyce Kim
Product Manager

Oracle has a reputation for being bold and ambitious, and we don’t see that as a bad thing when it comes to our product development! It’s why we’ve set our sights on designing a cloud-native student system with the automation, academic flexibility, and personalized experience necessary to drive true transformation. And it’s why we’re being very deliberate in our approach  switching student systems is no small feat, so we want to make sure that the solution we provide is worth the shift and supports the resilience institutions require.


We’ve accomplished a lot with our development of Student Cloud over the past year, and we were excited to share with HEUG’s virtual Alliance attendees our feature releases and updates from the last twelve months and our planned roadmap for the future. 


We’ve finalized moving our automated financial aid planning tool Student Financial Planning (SFP) to sit on OCI 2.0 Infrastructure for improved performance and security, and also opens up access to the entire Oracle ecosystem of technology, including advanced BI and integration tools, digital assistants, and more. A few of the other improvements we’ve delivered include an integration to Campus Solutions 9.0/9.2 for SAY and BBAY, extending the system’s automation capabilities to process CommonLine loans, greater configurability for schools to display projected funding to students, allowing configurable institution-specific message content, and enhancing grade level progression for Title IV loans. These changes are more important than ever to support our diverse and growing group of early adopters, which include a private liberal arts college, complex Research I institutions, a community college, a nonprofit online university, and a performing arts conservatory.


We’ve also released new features or updates for a variety of product areas across the Student Management module of Student Cloud, including Admissions (e.g., prospective students can now send an email invitation to a recommender directly from the application or add supporting documents to an application); Financials (students can make manual payments, administrators can associate fees with an admissions application), Campus Community (admins can manage proxies and external organizations or create tasks and checklists and assign them to other admins or students); Student Records (staff members can create and update transcript templates or control the sequencing of academic periods). These features are enabling early adopters like University of Wisconsin-Madison to support their continuing ed programs. 


In addition, we’ve been working diligently behind the scenes to build out frameworks for business process automation in Student Cloud. While some of these foundational frameworks (including our flexible academic structure, reporting and analytics, and data and page security) are already available, we’re excited to put others, like our business rules engine, data import tool, and our workflow and orchestration tools, in your hands. These will allow you to create automation with exception handling, have intuitive UIs tailored to different users and constructs, enjoy interoperability with our internal capabilities, and other capabilities that will increase your institution’s agility and resilience. 


We’re thrilled that our dauntless early adopters like Butler University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are beginning to see results from their implementations in the past nine months, and that other schools, like Penn State and Rutgers are poised to go live in the near future as well. We know being an early adopter of a student system can be nerve-racking, but we are entirely committed to their success: from our customer success team’s weekly check-ins on their implementation’s progress to directly interacting with our development team to ensure we’re building out the system to these adopters’ needs.


Throughout this process, your feedback is critical, because it directly impacts the way in which we develop and improve our solutions. That’s why we’re seeking more design members for our Student Cloud Focus groups (to address specific feature areas such as Admissions, Financials, etc.). Please reach out to Susan Beidler, our Senior Director of Product Strategy if you’d like to be involved in shaping the products that can best meet the future of higher education!  


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