Investing in Technology
A New Administrative Information System
After a year of work, a committee comprising representatives of all seminary departments has selected the vendor for a new administrative information system: CAMS (Comprehensive Academic Management Solutions) from Three Rivers Systems, Inc. The software is installed, and various faculty and staff members are involved in training and data conversion. The “go live” target is the end of February 2009.
CAMS will provide an integrated platform replacing three software programs and a myriad of manual systems. The administrative package will also provide integration with student and faculty portals as well as a web-based course management system.
According to Marty Sadler, vice president of business and finance, seven vendors submitted proposals for the contract. Three finalists were selected to come to campus to make daylong presentations and to be interviewed by the committee. Sadler says, “All seven had strengths, and our three finalists offered unique capabilities. In the end, however, we felt that CAMS was the most robust—and the most user-friendly of the three.”