CCBC receives 2021 Ellucian Impact Award

Apr 22, 2021

Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, has honored CCBC with a 2021 Ellucian Impact Award. CCBC was recognized for its CCBC Cares program to support students impacted by the pandemic. The college will receive a $25,000 grant.

The annual Ellucian Impact Awards celebrate visionaries who are inspiring others to push the boundaries of higher education technology and innovation. The announcement was made during Ellucian Live, the industry’s top global technology conference. CCBC won in the student well-being category.

“CCBC is extremely proud to be a recipient of this year’s Ellucian Impact Award,” said CCBC President Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis. “Our students are the heart of our college, so when the pandemic hit, we made every effort to assist them and provide them with the tools they needed to manage their education. This grant from Ellucian will go toward continuing our student support efforts.”

When CCBC campuses closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, the college launched CCBC Cares, a multi-pronged initiative that made a big impact on access, retention and success for its widely diverse student population. It was especially crucial for vulnerable students who needed technology to switch easily to remote learning.

Initiatives under the CCBC Cares umbrella addressed the academic, technological and financial needs of students. New instructional methods were put in place to make on-campus learning safe and give students options beyond on-campus classes to include remote, hybrid and simulcast course formats. Technology supports enhanced the students’ ability to utilize student-facing pages and forms to access vital college information. CCBC distributed CARES Act funds directly to targeted groups of students impacted by the pandemic, such as those who needed laptops or Wi-Fi to work remotely.

The combination of targeted messaging using the Ellucian Banner Student System, and knowledgeable staff who knew how to deliver support, were critical components to the success of CCBC Cares. The initiative touched close to 10,000 students and resulted in summer and fall enrollment numbers that surpassed the enrollment budget by 108 percent and 104 percent, respectively.

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