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04-17-2000

Teagle Foundation Awards $347,000 Grant To Clarkson University

Clarkson University has been awarded a $347,000 grant by the Teagle Foundation of New York, N.Y., for the study, implementation and documentation of process redesign, which will integrate student-centered processes and new technology. This two-year project will coincide with the planned purchase of a new campus-wide computer information system.

Under the project name STEP-UP (Service & Technology Enhancing People & University Processes), Clarkson anticipates that process redesign will dramatically increase the student-centered nature of its campus and will reflect demonstrable gains in student satisfaction.

These gains will be reflected in higher student retention and a more integrated campus community.  Beginning this month, Clarkson intends to document this redesign process as a model for other institutions preparing to make substantial investments in technology solutions. 

"The Teagle Foundation's investment in Clarkson will allow us to use technology to create better coordination among all our services," said Clarkson University President Denny Brown. "Clarkson has a history of developing technology in service to humanity.  Our goal is to become a leader among schools that want to use technology to handle administrative transactions more efficiently, so that students and faculty can focus on what matters most: personal and intellectual growth."

The Teagle Foundation was established in 1944 by Walter C. Teagle, longtime president and then chairman of the board of Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey. The foundation's major interest is to strengthen private higher education through institution-wide efforts

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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