Serving Students and Faculty with User-Centric Jenzabar SONIS
International vocational and specialized schools have more diverse needs than traditional higher education institutions. Finding a flexible, robust student information system (SIS) to accommodate unique program requirements can be difficult. Add in multiple languages, numerous countries, several time zones, and a decentralized learning approach, and it seems almost impossible to find the perfect solution. Many schools end up building their own SIS or cobbling together pieces from different systems, resulting in poor data flow, inefficient manual processes, and exorbitant maintenance costs. That’s the situation European Nazarene College (EuNC) was dealing with when it set out to find a technology solution that would facilitate the organizational changes it was implementing.
Today, EuNC has learning centers in 16 countries across Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Central Asia, offering its programs in the native languages of its students. The curriculum is adjusted to each cultural context where the school is at work. The centers use different methodologies for course delivery. Some are onsite intensives or weekend courses, some are offered via video conference, some are fully online, and some are combinations of all of the above.
“Our biggest challenges, from a technology perspective, are language barriers and the distributed nature of the school,” says Alan Schrock, Director of IT and Library Services, European Nazarene College. “Since we have administrators in various countries throughout Europe and the CIS, we can’t just go to the office and get things from people. We need a web-based central database solution so that we are all using the same information and have access to it for student, course, grading, reporting, and administrative tasks. Also, to meet EU regulations, we must host our servers within the European Union. A web-based system that can be self-hosted is the best solution for us. Jenzabar SONIS does all that for us and more.”
Continuing reading this entire Success Story to learn how Jenzabar SONIS is providing European Nazarene College with automation and unexpected value, allowing them to keep focus where it belongs: on the students.