University of Dayton selects SunGard Higher Education to support mission of learning and living in community

Banner Unified Digital Campus Will Help Top-Tier Institution Extend Campus Community in the Virtual World and Enhance the Immersive Student Experience

MALVERN, Pa., April 02, 2008 -- SunGard Higher Education ( announced today that the University of Dayton ( has selected the Banner Unified Digital Campus (UDC) to support its mission of learning and living in community. The University of Dayton is a top-tier national, doctoral-level university that is also ranked as one of the 10 best Catholic universities in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report.

“The University of Dayton experience is more than just going to class and getting a degree. It is about immersing oneself in the learning and living experience,” said Thomas Skill, Ph.D., associate provost and chief information officer, and professor of communication at the University. “We are implementing SunGard Higher Education’s Banner UDC to help improve our ability to sustain this sense of community even as we grow enrollment, and to help us continue to compete in a highly competitive market.”

“In the past, we have built a sense of community largely on face-to-face interactions,” added Sundar Kumarasamy, vice president for enrollment management, University of Dayton. ”Now, we need to accommodate a different dimension of community in the virtual world, anyplace, anytime. SunGard Higher Education’s Banner UDC will help us build connections in the virtual world, and help us better understand our students’ needs and serve them proactively with customized communications.”

In addition to helping improve the overall education experience, the University expects to gain the following benefits from its Banner UDC:

** A comprehensive database will help the University better understand and manage its student interactions and activities from academics to student life to research.

** The fully integrated systems will help the University achieve greater efficiencies and more productive performance.

** Comprehensive resources available within the user-friendly portal will help the University attract students and help strengthen student experiences.

** Timely access to reliable data will help the University facilitate better decision making.

“We selected SunGard Higher Education’s Banner UDC because it fits our institution. Also, when we looked at schools that we consider our peers and aspirants, we found that most are on the Banner system. We believe it has become a competitive disadvantage not to have the Banner UDC,” said Dr. Skill.

“The University of Dayton needs the right solution and the right partner to help it enhance its distinctive campus learning environment,” said Brian Madocks, chief executive officer, SunGard Higher Education. “We are pleased to be chosen by the University to help support the exceptional transformative education experience it offers to its learners.”

About University of Dayton

The University of Dayton is Ohio’s largest private university and a top-tier national university with sponsored research totaling nearly $76 million annually. As one of the top-10 Catholic universities in the nation, UD emphasizes transformative education and prepares more than 10,000 students, including 6,800 undergraduates, for leadership and service in their communities in the Marianist tradition.

About SunGard Higher Education

SunGard Higher Education provides software and support, systems implementation and integration, strategic consulting, and technology management services to help colleges and universities build, unify, and manage their digital campuses. Bringing together people, processes, and technology, SunGard Higher Education assists more than 1,600 customers worldwide to strengthen institutional performance through improved constituent services, increased accountability, and better educational experiences.

About SunGard

With annual revenue of $5 billion, SunGard is a global leader in software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector. SunGard also helps information-dependent enterprises of all types to ensure the continuity of their business. SunGard serves more than 25,000 customers in more than 50 countries, including the world’s 50 largest financial services companies. Visit SunGard at

Trademark information: SunGard, the SunGard logo and Banner are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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