TAMIU Moves to Portal
Technology this Fall
Texas A&M International University is accustomed to being a gateway for students to invest in themselves, but now its embrace of new technology widens that investment through a portal specific to students and the University community.
This Fall, TAMIU is beginning an aggressive deployment of portal technology, known as Uconnect, to provide web-based primary access to a variety of functions for its students, faculty and staff.
Leebrian Gaskins, the University’s chief information officer and project sponsor, said the deployment of portal technology is being utilized by leading universities around the world.
“Portal technology provides for a personalized web experience and operates as a gateway to both pivotal institutional and personal content. For University communities: students, faculty and staff, this offers a much more strategic, effective and consistent communications environment,” he explained.
Gaskins said improved communication is a key benefit of portal technology.
“As the campus enrollment flourishes, one of our challenges is the ability to provide consistent campus communications to targeted audiences. While e-mail is the institutional default, it only provides for broad, non-targeted communication. Portal technology allows the University to target content that is relevant to individual and shared audiences,” he said.
He said most people may be surprised to know that they have already used portal technology, but are perhaps not aware that they have done so.
“If you’ve shopped online at a merchant such as Amazon, or developed a MySpace or Facebook presence, you’ve basically used a form of portal technology. Uconnect provides access to everything from online classes and registration to our library resources, e-mail, designated news channels, calendars and more. It’s basically a one-stop experience for our University,” Gaskins noted.
Uconnect is powered by a Luminis Platform from SunGard Higher Education, a leader in portal technology for the higher education market. A dedicated cross-section team of University community members has helped guide its development.
Gaskins said the timing for TAMIU’s shift to portal technology is ideal.
“It’s the next logical step. This initiative is highly responsive to the challenges of our continued growth and consistent with programs in place at other leading institutions of higher education. It’s going to create a fundamental shift in our current campus communication that’s appropriate for a University of our size and growth potential,” he concluded.
Students can visit: uconnect.tamiu.edu for directions and special use tips. Student Information is available by calling 326.2310 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information on Uconnect, contact the University’s Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Systems at 956.326.2180, visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268, e-mail email@example.com or click on tamiu.edu
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