HRchitect Tech Vendor News: Cornerstone OnDemand and Ellucian Achieve Success in Helping Higher Education Institutions Transform HR Initiatives

Ellucian and Cornerstone continue momentum in their collaboration to provide technology solutions for addressing the unique people management needs of colleges and universities

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 2, 2014Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based talent management software solutions, and Ellucian, a leading software and services provider for the higher education community, have seen strong momentum in their relationship since aligning in 2009, the two companies announced today.

Cornerstone and Ellucian have collaborated to help many leading colleges and universities – such as Alamo Colleges, Brandman University, Bucknell University and Drexel University– successfully transform their HR and employee management and development initiatives through use of the Ellucian Talent Management Suite, powered by Cornerstone OnDemand, and an integration with Banner Human Resources, an Ellucian solution for core HR activities. Together, Cornerstone and Ellucian bring an unparalleled knowledge base in supporting the unique human capital management needs of higher education institutions, offering solutions that position each organization for immediate success.

The Ellucian Talent Management Suite, developed in-house by Cornerstone, enables higher education institutions to leverage the cloud for meeting the challenges they face in empowering and maximizing the productivity of their people. Leading institutions use the unified human capital management solution to source and recruit top talent, align employee training and performance with institution goals and compliance requirements, deliver targeted training to close skills gaps, identify key performers, and develop future leaders. The suite includes applications for recruiting, learning and development, performance management, succession planning, compensation management, and social collaboration.

Banner Human Resources, the Ellucian solution for housing and managing core HR processes related to employee information, payroll and budgeting, integrates with the Talent Management Suite. Used together, higher education HR teams are able to seamlessly share data between the two solutions for syncing learning and talent management data with core HR information in real time.

Addressing the Unique Talent Challenges of Higher Education

Several institutions are benefiting from a unified approach to talent management, transforming what was once a manual, administrative process in their organizations into a strategic activity that aligns each institution’s vision with its overall people performance. Examples include:

  • Alamo Colleges, consisting of five colleges that serve south-central Texas, gains a more comprehensive view of its more than 4,500 employees using the Talent Management Suite and Banner HR integration, enabling its talent team to identify and assign training and development opportunities on a targeted or district-wide basis.
  • Brandman University, a member of the Chapman University System and provider of award-winning online programs, offers development opportunities to 2,000 of its employees, faculty and adjunct staff for identifying and cultivating future leaders and ensuring top performance.
  • Bucknell University, the nation’s largest private liberal arts university, gains visibility into the training and performance management needs of 1,300 faculty and staff using the Ellucian Talent Management Suite, allowing its HR team to streamline compliance management and drive engagement with professional development opportunities.
  • Drexel University, a top-ranked global research university, provides a one-stop-shop for learning and development to its 4,700 employees, complete with management certificate programs developed in-house. Drexel plans to integrate performance, learning and recruiting to capture the entire employee lifecycle for even stronger succession planning, employee engagement and retention.


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