Proposal scoring is underway

The Vendor Evaluation and Scoring Team (VEST) spent all day today (Wednesday) deliberating over the vendor proposals for the ctcLink project. The group reviewed and discussed all areas of the proposals, including overall functionality of the software solutions, the proposed implementation strategy, the vendors’ expertise in higher education and ERP solutions, and the ongoing vendor support indicated in the bids.

The group took into account the thorough review and feedback provided by the Subject Matter Expert (SME) teams through teleconferences over the past several days, using that information throughout the day as they discussed the details of each bid.

Next, the group will review their final scoring in more detail, ask the vendors some clarifying questions and, by this Friday, July 20, announce which bidders will be asked back to demonstrate their products and strategy in August.

Very important: College and SBCTC staff members will have an opportunity to view the vendor demonstrations live via streaming video. This is a great opportunity for staff to get an idea of what a new, integrated software solution will look like, how it will work and the types of features to expect. End users will be encouraged to watch the demonstrations and provide feedback through a very short online survey. Once the demo schedule is set, we’ll share it with all the ctcLink college teams and post it online as well.

Most important: Once again, the ctcLink Project Team would like to thank the SME and VEST members for all the time and great thinking they have put into this process. More than 100 staff members system-wide have been involved in the proposals evaluation process. The proposals are lengthy and detailed and we know it has taken considerable time to review each one and provide your input. So THANK YOU, SME and VEST members. And, thanks to all the colleges for lending the ctcLink project such a talented group of volunteers for this evaluation process.

 

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ctcLink is a single, centralized system of online tools for student services and administrative functions for all 34 community and technical colleges in Washington. In the next several years, ctcLink will be implemented on every campus, providing online tools for everything from admissions to graduation. The first three ("FirstLink") colleges came online in August 2015. A wave of 8 more colleges (cleverly named "Wave 1") will switch over to the new ctcLink system in August 2016, followed by Wave 2 in 2017 and Wave 3 in 2018.
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