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What Are Your Institution’s Needs for an Enterprise Technology System?

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Author(s): Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction

Information management systems are vitally important to developing and sustaining competency-based systems in both K-12 and higher education. Bravo to Polk State College for lifting the discussion with a survey that describes the needs across institutions of higher education rather than having each college and university spend the time in negotiations with vendors. Here is the information from Polk about the survey so you can share your institution’s requirements:

As the landscape of competency based education (CBE) and learner personalization continues to emerge, there has been much discussion about enterprise systems and the technology integrations that support automation and scalability of these emergent programs. Polk State College is engaging in a design partnership with a vendor to create a system that is configurable to align to the majority of variables that currently exist in your programs. In order to accommodate the realities of the programs that you are developing or currently delivering, we ask for valuable expertise and perspectives by February 12, 2018. Click here to begin the survey. While a few of the questions may be duplicative of the other surveys that have been circulated, the majority of this content is specifically aligned to the variables in your CBE programs that would need to be integrated into an enterprise technology system.

Therefore, the survey incorporates questions that ask about flexibility with configuration opportunities within each element areas listed below:

  1. credit based versus module or competency based
  2. term versus non-term or date based and related registration policies
  3. level of credential transcription by course or competency completion; in other words, the official presentation of the CBE learning on a transcript and/or supplemental transcript
  4. system recognition of academic transaction event based on the individual student rather than the course/class
  5. Grading policies and repeat policies
  6. Faculty/staffing model to academic assignments in unique ways, and tuition per unit or subscription.

This survey does NOT attempt to gather information about enterprise system needs in regard to prior learning assessment or adaptive technologies; however, if you feel that we did not capture something that is pertinent to your institution, please email us with additional feedback and information.

We appreciate your insight and are happy to provide the results to you if you indicate you are interested (a question at the end of the survey).

Thank you so very much for taking the time to participate and allowing us to learn from you.


Naomi Boyer, Ph.D.

VP/Chief Information Officer

Strategic Initiatives & Innovation

Polk State College

199 Ave. B, NW

Suite 205

Winter Haven, FL 33881

Voice: (863) 298-6854

Fax: 863-669-4929

[email protected]


Kathleen Bucklew

Director, Student Enrollment Services/Registrar

Polk State College

999 Ave. H, N.E.

Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299

Voice: 863.298.6820

Fax: 863.297-1023

[email protected]