Today we announced the general availability of Workday Student, marking an incredibly rewarding moment for us at Workday and the customer design partners who have worked so closely with us to bring a modern student information system to market.
When we set out to build Workday Student together, it was with the keen understanding that administrators, faculty, and students needed a system that was as intuitive and easy-to-use as the other technologies they use in their daily lives.
Our design partners were critical to making this happen. They told us that current student systems are disjointed, outdated, and don’t reflect the way they work today. Many important functions that are a part of modern higher education institutions simply weren’t around 20 to 30 years ago when existing systems were built.
For example, with those legacy systems, finance doesn’t have a single source of truth to plan for and forecast student tuition revenue, making it very difficult to make accurate revenue projections. Administrators don’t have the tools to predict course demand based on what courses students actually need over time to meet their graduation requirements. And today’s students, used to getting everything they need with a tap on a screen and completing their homework online, are frustrated by complicated and tedious student management systems.