BINGHAM FARMS — Empower Student Information System, an application designed to meet the vast administrative needs of colleges and universities, has released its 66th update.

Update 66 contains a bundle of numerous enhancements that improve the capabilities of several modules. Users of these modules are able to streamline and share data and administrative duties, which is critical for any school.

The Financial Aid, Billing, Degree Audit, Housing and Human Resources modules were updated, but Update 66’s major enhancements apply to the Alumni and Donor Development, Records and Admissions modules. Respectively, the “Moves Management” enhancement makes it easy to streamline and track a campaign or planned series of steps, such as letters, phone calls, emails and meetings. The “Competencies” enhancement makes it possible to record and track students’ attempts at and achievement of predefined competencies or specific skills. Finally, the “Pre-Admission Coursework Audit” enhancement provides the ability to run an audit of a candidate’s previous coursework prior to being admitted into a degree program.

These — and all other enhancements included in Update 66 — are available to current clients, and will become part of the standard, supported system.

“We’re focused on the continual improvement of Empower,” said President Robert Brender. “As our clients’ needs grow, we grow with them. Each year, we invest more than 10,000 hours of work to provide between 150 and 200 enhancements.”

Empower serves many colleges and universities, including nursing programs and military and government entities. The company is committed to meeting the unique, specialized needs of its diverse clientele.

“We want to make the system as flexible as possible for everyone,” said Brender. “In many cases, there’s plenty of industry crossover. When we provide an update for one school, it’s often useful for another. That’s why we make every enhancement available for all of our clients as part of our annual support program. Additionally, we stay current with government regulations, best practices and market-driven needs.”

Empower is a fully integrated student information system that meets the management needs of colleges and universities. Its modular design supports ease and efficiency in recruitment, admissions, records and registration, degree audit, financial aid, alumni relations, and much more. Empower’s Oracle database offers the industry’s best security. It allows institutional data to be stored in one central location, where it can be managed, updated and accessed in real time. Empower is available to license or use as a SaaS (software as a service) system based on technical needs. The full Empower package includes implementation, training, conversion, support, maintenance, and ongoing updates.

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