The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) has been running financial and human resources software that...
had been developed in-house over 30 years ago. Recently, the district decided that it was ready for a change and chose e-business software from SAP Public Services, Inc, a subsidiary of SAP America Inc. to handle its human resources, procurement, payroll and financial business processes.
Originally, LACCD was only interested in SAP Public Services' SAP Higher Education software for its human resources and payroll functions. After evaluating the integration capabilities of the SAP software, however, LACCD opted to purchase a software package that included human resources, financial and procurement functionality, according to SAP. The software is based on SAP's mySAP.com platform.
LACCD was searching for software that would be easier to use and maintain, that was complete and flexible, according to SAP. Once the implementation is complete, the district expects its colleges to more effectively serve students and conduct day-to-day operations. It also sees the project as an opportunity to re-engineer outdated processes and policies, SAP said.
SAP Public Services believes community colleges are critical in the education system and in society, SAP said. LACCD is SAP Public Services' first community college customer, the company said. Its other customers include government organizations, higher education, K-12 schools, utilities and nonprofit organizations.
According to SAP, the software allows LACCD to focus on educating students, rather than on administrative tasks.
Organized in 1969, LACCD is the largest community college district in the United States, with 884 square miles in the metropolitan Los Angeles area. Approximately 6,400 full and part-time employees are employed by LACCD, with student workers comprising an additional 5,000 employees. In the fall of 1999, district-wide enrollment was almost 102,000 students.
Other U.S. colleges and universities using SAP's Higher Education software include Duke University, Central Michigan University, Baylor College of Medicine, The College of William and Mary, University of Tennessee, University of Nebraska and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Educational institutions in Australia, Asia, Europe and Canada also use the software, according to SAP.
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