For the better part of the last decade, Clinton Community College has delayed upgrading to a computer-based enterprise resource planning tool. The delay was caused by the cost of such a system being completely out of our reach. That's history now as we begin the upcoming school year with a new system in place called CAMS (Comprehensive Academic Management System).
The new system is totally Web-based, which is quite important for students, faculty and administrators who need instant access to school and course information anytime, anywhere. It also is highly customizable and uses standardized Microsoft technologies, a feature sure to please the IT department.
CAMS is produced by Three Rivers Systems and is currently in its third version called CAMS Enterprise. Prior to this coming school year, we had to maintain a number of separate systems that each handled a different chore. For example the old mainframe computer handled student record-keeping, the faculty Web server controlled Web accessibility, and the Outlook portion of Microsoft Office conducted e-mail communication. CAMS will replace or integrate many of those functions making life easier for students, faculty and staff. For instance, in the past I had to manually create email distribution lists for each class. With CAMS, I click one link to every student in one course or another link to contact every student in all of my courses.
Systems like CAMS are used by many educational institutions worldwide. Now, when students complete study at the college and move on to another institution, they will carry the experience of automated, portal-based academic/degree management with them. Previously, they went to new institutions blindly and had to learn everything about the new institution while also learning to use a system like CAMS.
For more information about CAMS, visit them on the Web at www.threerivers-cams.com.
Ron Poland is a professor in the Computer Information Systems AAS program at Clinton Community College. Poland is certified in computer repair and networking by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is also a Cisco certified network assistant. Questions may be sent to him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.