ctcLink topic of presidents’ meeting

Leaders of the 34 community and technical colleges dedicated their Presidents’ Academy Thursday to learning more about the ctcLink project, meeting the Ciber team, and discussing next steps (see photo gallery below).

Mike Scroggins, SBCTC CIO reviewed the CTC system’s Technology Milestones that brought us to where we are today, starting with the Strategic Technology Plan adopted in 2008. He thanked all who have been involved in the process so far and pointed out the Wall of Thanks, which honors those who have given their time and shared their expertise along the way.

Topics of the day included the project timeline through 2017, Ciber’s commitment to ctcLink’s success, project framework for managing the change to come with a new way of doing things, communications process and flow, and the quality assurance measures that have been established.

Presidents and chancellors were also given a detailed explanation of the Global Solution – Business Process Analysis phase coming up in March, which is the process of aligning the CTC system’s core business processes with the delivered software solution. They discussed the importance of encouraging subject matter experts at their colleges to participate in this phase as much as possible to contribute to the interactive, dynamic and collaborative process that will lead to the successful implementation of ctcLink.

The group also discussed the importance of continuing to share the message across all colleges and all staff that ctcLink will be configured within the delivered capabilities of the purchased software, resulting in a single solution for the CTC system, with consistent business processes across all colleges.

At their business meeting Friday morning, presidents were unanimous in reaffirming the importance of adhering to the original ctcLink project Principles adopted in 2009, with a special emphasis on the second principle, which states the purchased software will be implemented as delivered, with modifications limited only to those mandated by state or federal statutory requirements.

Mike Scroggins and project director Barbara Martin thanked presidents and chancellors for their unified commitment to the project and, again, for the excellent input and time their staff members have already dedicated to ctcLink.

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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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