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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania selects Campusuite

Nation's oldest African-American university selects newest CMS technology

June 23, 2009

At its inception, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania successfully provided free classical education for qualified young people, and today the university offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 disciplines and six master’s degree programs.

At its inception, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania successfully provided free classical education for qualified young people, and today the university offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 disciplines and six master’s degree programs.

June 22, 2009 — (Cincinnati, Ohio) Innersync Studio has announced Cheyney University, the nation's oldest African-American university, has selected Campusuite content management for schools to manage the school's new web site. With a scheduled Fall Semester 2009 launch, the Campusuite implementation at Cheyney University adds to the rapidly growing list of educational and corporate clients who are turning to Campusuite to simplify how they manage content and expand the use of their web site.

Through use of Campusuite CMS for education, ready-made tools will help Cheyney University administrators and faculty keep content fresh. Users across all departments will be able to easily manage news, events, blogs, photos, videos, calendars, FAQs and more. Cheyney University officials were searching for a consistent design that captures the essence of CU and its brand.

Saddled with older web technology, Cheyney University officials embarked on a six-month search process to update its web technology by conducting a thorough examination of CMS vendors. School officials found a wide variety of options from CMS providers, and created their own decision matrix based on ease of use, price, features and customer service.

Cheyney University Webmaster Erica Sterling said, "We have very limited capability with our existing site. Many providers offer much of the same thing, but you have to be careful with the add-on costs. Some are enrollment-based license fees, some charge for each and every additional feature, or training. Pricing was all over the place."

Sterling, who worked in concert with Cheyney's Director of IT Howard Hudson, said that some CMS providers charge more as incremental features are added, e.g., search or newsletters. Their search team used vendor presentations and product demos to help it decide on what new CMS to employ for the suburban Philadelphia school with an enrollment of 1,500 students. "If you want the same presence of a larger school, you shouldn't have to sacrifice features," she added.

"We were looking for a provider who could help us establish a new direction for our web site and provide the features and support we need," Sterling said.  Such functionality as blogging, search capability, the ability to create multiple web sites – including integrating the school's athletics site into university site – made the decision to choose Campusuite an easy one.

"By bringing it all together using Campusuite, all our users will be on the same page." she added. In addition to bring the school's athletics site into the fold, with no separate hosting and a more consistent look and feel, Sterling went on to say how key user groups such as the Keystone Honors Group, the Schools of Education and Arts and Sciences, the PR/Marketing Department and faculty will benefit from the ease of use Campusuite features. In all, over 300 staff and faculty will have access to the new web content management system.

"A web site is only as powerful as the content and accessibility to creating and obtaining that content," said Steve Williams, chief sales and marketing officer for Campusuite. "Higher education institutions such as Cheyney University are perfect fits for Campusuite, because of its ease of use, 'approachability' for content authors and content seekers, and affordability."

Cheyney University selected the Campusuite Hosted edition (Software as a Service), which allows clients to take advantage of the efficiencies created by Web 2.0 and "cloud computing" and not be encumbered by on-premise solutions. With the hosted solution, enhancements and updates are made on a continual basis and rolled out to Campusuite customers system wide.

"This is an important aspect for schools that don't have a tremendous IT infrastructure in place," said Williams. "Plus, any developments that inevitably roll out, for the hosted solution customer, the improvements are automatically implemented and communicated." Campusuite's CMS solution, which eliminates the need for costly IT support, provided a new, cost-effective way for Cheyney University to not only manage its web site, but improve communications in the process.

About Cheyney University

Cheyney University is the nation’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education. It is also the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE.) Now celebrating its 26th year, PASSHE comprises Pennsylvania’s 14 public universities, with a combined enrollment of more than 112,500, making it the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. At its inception, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania successfully provided free classical education for qualified young people, and today the university offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 disciplines and six master’s degree programs. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.cheyney.edu.

About Campusuite:

Campusuite is a Web 2.0 content management system that simplifies web site management by providing web-based tools so content authors, publishers and administrators can easily publish and manage content from any web browser. Campusuite, Imagespace, a digital asset management, and Innersuite, the corporate CMS solution, are part of the family of web-based solutions from Innersync that help people create, share and connect like never before.