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August 03, 2009

Jenzabar Releases Institutional Intelligence for Higher Ed

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor


Jenzabar, which sells tech for higher education, has reportedly announced the release of new Jenzabar Institutional Intelligence products with improved reporting and analytical capabilities.


The tools aren't just standard business metrics, they're designed, Jenzabar officials said, to support measures "vital to higher education." These include "keeping pace with changing goals and strategies and changing constituents, who represent the core business of higher education institutions." The products are designed to support recruitment and retention of students, financial health, regulatory compliance, and fund-raising.

When integrated with the Jenzabar EX or Jenzabar CX administrative systems, company officials said Jenzabar's Institutional Intelligence lets the institution analyze office and project statistics from a single database. In addition, Jenzabar has used its partnership with IBM (News - Alert)-Cognos to integrate Cognos 8 reporting tools with its Institutional Intelligence product for reporting on institutional data residing in the Jenzabar product.

"Evaluating the effectiveness of operational initiatives and forecasting future trends can be challenging for higher education institutions, especially amidst a changing economy," said Robert A. Maginn, Jr., Jenzabar Chairman and CEO, in a statement.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given its target market, Jenzabar is headquartered in Boston.

This spring TMCnet reported that Louisiana State University's Continuing Education picked Jenzabar Non-Traditional System to "consolidate various departmental administrative systems and obtain student data for a better understanding of the University’s non-traditional students."

Prior to selecting Jenzabar, each program area at LSU Continuing Education was running on separate administrative systems that were tailored for specific program needs, "making it difficult to analyze information across programs," according to company officials. During the selection process, LSU Continuing Education officials said they wanted support for both its credit and non-credit programs and "the capability to better identify, segment, and communicate" with students.

“We chose the Jenzabar Non-Traditional System with the goal of consolidating our operations on a single platform,” said Doug Weimer, executive director of LSU Continuing Education at the time.


David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Amy Tierney


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