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Datatel Honors Alliance of Community Colleges for Electronic Sharing; Higher Education Consortium Receives Award for Exemplary Leadership and Collaboration.

BOSTON -- Datatel(R), Inc., a leading provider of enterprise information management solutions for higher education, today announced that it has awarded its 2005 Award for Exemplary Leadership and Collaboration in the Community College to the Alliance of Community Colleges for Electronic Sharing (ACCES ACCES Army Command & Control Evaluation System
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The award was presented to Mick Starcevich, president of Kirkwood Community College Kirkwood Community College is a community college serving seven counties in Iowa. Kirkwood's main campus is in Cedar Rapids, with additional buildings in Marion, Iowa City, Belle Plaine, Monticello, Tipton, Vinton, Washington and Williamsburg. , at Datatel's annual Presidents' Dinner, held during the 2005 American Association of Community Colleges Convention in Boston. Datatel hosts this event every year to bring together community college leaders of Datatel client institutions, and thank them for their dedication and support. ACCES is the 17th recipient, and the first consortium, to receive the award. As part of the recognition ACCES also received a $5,000 unrestricted gift from Datatel.

Award recipients are active in the Datatel client community and take a leadership role in the advancement of issues important to community colleges. They also exhibit an innovative approach to implementing technology practices, and demonstrate a clear commitment to improving services for faculty, staff, and students. The Award for Exemplary Leadership and Collaboration in the Community College was introduced by Datatel in 1989.

Comprised of nine community colleges from Iowa and Illinois - Kirkwood Community College, Eastern Iowa Community College District The Eastern Iowa Community College District contains three community colleges stretched along the Mississippi River in the U.S. state of Iowa. They are:
  • Clinton Community College in Clinton
  • Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Scott County
, Hawkeye Community College Hawkeye Community College (HCC) is a community college, with its main campus located just outside Waterloo, Iowa. HCC has several outlets in nearby towns.

The Hawkeye Institute of Technology (HIT
, Iowa Lakes Community College, Lake Land College, Northeast Iowa Community College Originally, the school was known as Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (NITI). The school became a Community College in 1988, and was renamed NICC. The school is authorized by the Iowa Board of Education to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in , Northwest Iowa Community College, Southeastern Community College, and Carl Sandburg College Carl Sandburg College is a two-year community college based in Galesburg, Illinois and serving the west-central Illinois region. It has extension campuses in Carthage and Bushnell and a number of online learning initiatives.  - ACCES has aggressively implemented Datatel Colleague - Datatel's enterprise resource planning See ERP.

(application, business) Enterprise Resource Planning - (ERP) Any software system designed to support and automate the business processes of medium and large businesses.
 (ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) An integrated information system that serves all departments within an enterprise. Evolving out of the manufacturing industry, ERP implies the use of packaged software rather than proprietary software written by or for one customer. ) system for higher education.

In deploying the ERP system, ACCES carefully evaluated the best methods for each institution to receive training, and utilized consolidated training rooms at two of the campuses to minimize training expenses and travel costs. Working closely with Datatel consultants, ACCES evaluated and instituted industry best practices, and used a decentralized application management that has allowed members to become individual owners of their systems.

"Since becoming a Datatel client in 2003, ACCES and Datatel have become true partners in collaboration," said H. Russell Griffith, Datatel president, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , and COB. "Their extensive involvement in process and data mapping has greatly helped the consortia better meet the overall needs of each institution and enriched their knowledge and understanding of Colleague, yielding truly magnificent results."

About Datatel, Inc.

Datatel, an employee-owned company, is a leading provider of fully integrated enterprise information management solutions for higher education. Headquartered in Fairfax, VA, the company has more than 650 client institutions throughout North America. For over 25 years, Datatel has exclusively focused on meeting the needs of colleges and universities, helping institutions operate more efficiently so they may better serve their constituents. For more information, please visit

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Date:Apr 11, 2005
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