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Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Annual Report
echnology is rapidly changing the nature of higher
education. The walls of the classroom are becom-
ing permeable to global exchange as students tune in
to courses from remote locations outside the lecture
hall. Paper record keeping has become a thing of the
past, increasingly replaced by electronic, web-based
information systems. With a generous gift from
and Harold Tanner,
HUC-JIR is poised to ride the
e-wave of the future, making a home for technologi-
cal advances that will dramatically alter the way we
teach, learn, recruit, and administer to our students.
Until now, HUC-JIR has had no central or shared
Student Information System (SIS). Each student
who has applied to and attended one of our pro-
grams has entered our records as a trail of personal
data, tracked and archived manually from the
admissions office, to the registrars on each campus,
to billing, and ultimately to the alumni database
where it is stored after graduation. Each stage of
this data cycle – and each campus – has had its
own methods of recording and storing information,
necessitating that all data be transferred manually
from one place to the next. The lack of a compre-
hensive SIS has resulted in silos of data spread out
over our four campuses, redundancy of records,
potential for error, and duplicated labor.
With the Tanners’ support, we will institute a unified
network that links all of our campuses, to make
HUC-JIR a more efficient and effective institution
for teaching the future leaders of the ReformMovement.
The new SIS will make a huge impact on how we
recruit and retain students. Admissions staff will be
able to quickly and easily track potential students
and identify top candidates; applications and finan-
cial aid requests will be submitted and reviewed
online; and all information thereafter will be collect-
ed, organized, and stored cumulatively. Once a stu-
dent is admitted, faculty will be able to follow and
record his or her progress through course work and
enter comments and grades electronically.
The SIS will be critical to achieving the goals of the
Strategic Plan by increasing efficiency and reducing
duplication. The system will include integrated pro-
grams or modules for recruiting, admissions, student
records, registration, financial aid, loan management,
student billing, and degree audit. In addition, it will
offer modules for career services (job matching for
students, alumni, and work study), learning manage-
ment software (e.g. Blackboard, WebCT, Moodle),
executive information reporting, and a WEB portal
for faculty and students.
Cincinnati rabbinical
students Melissa Simon,
Anna Levin, and Lisa
Delson in the Jewish
Foundation of Cincinnati
International Learning
Center at The Jacob Rader
Marcus Center of the
American Jewish Archives.
Nicki and Harold
System Advances
and Student Data