Case Study: Boston College Reaches for the Cloud

MGI Research - August 30, 2011

Boston College is one of the oldest Jesuit, Catholic universities in the United States. With over 14,600 total students enrolled in 8 schools and colleges offering 22 degree programs, Boston College was ranked among the top ten private universities by applications (Source: NY Times, 2010).

Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade. Faced with exploding costs of processing ever increasing admissions paperwork, Boston College adopted a novel, Cloud-based approach.

The school teamed up with a Boston-based SaaS provider, FolderWave to replace its manual, paper-based admissions system with an electronic folder-in-the-cloud solution. The results underscore the importance of delivering early success, and staying focused on business outcomes.

In researching the details of this case study, Andrew Dailey of MGI Research spoke at length with Rita R. Owens, Executive Director for Academic Technology at Boston College. Rita led the project that created the new system and she gave us a firsthand account of implementing a cloud-based solution for a higher education organization.




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