During the deployment, the three institutions shared learnings, processes, and best practices with one another. Each school had its own internal project team during deployment, but all three worked with the same team from Alchemy, which created knowledge transfer and advanced progression among the projects. This approach enabled the institutions to realize their shared goals while infusing their individual projects with their own cultures and core values.
“We couldn’t look to what other schools had done because we were early adopters of the product,” says Michelle Ziegman, senior director of customer solutions at CCA. “I was really thankful to be working with Bentley, Wellesley, and Alchemy, because it was likely that whatever challenges we ran into, they ran into the same. So, it was more than just us, which was a good place to be.”
With their recent project completions, Bentley University, CCA, and Wellesley College are among the first institutions to go live on Workday Student.
Wittstein at Bentley University shares, “Now, our IT strategy is a cloud, SaaS-first strategy. Moving forward, we will not need to run data centers or do our own development anymore.”
As the three institutions look to the future, they’re anticipating a more modernized and enhanced student experience. The schools will now be able to continuously engage with their students throughout their entire enrollment period and will have access to new information that can help match students with courses, co-curricular activities, advisors, mentors, and more. With Workday Student, the schools are creating a seamless student experience by bringing all their data into one system—unlocking the right insights when and where they need them.
As the world of higher education continues to change, we’re partnering with additional institutions that will join this group of early adopters, and we’re looking forward to deploying an even larger number of schools on Workday Student over the next year.
You can also check out the video below to learn more about Bentley, CCA, and Wellesley’s partnership during their deployment journey.