Scott Rule, Scott Estes, Tyra Wingo, Ian Malcolm

Chattahoochee Tech System Honored with CIO 100 Award

(­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Marietta, Ga. – June 7, 2013) Chattahoochee Technical College has been named a winner of the prestigious 2013 CIO 100 Award from IDG’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) magazine recognizing its innovative use of information technology. The 26th annual awards program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.

“For 26 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value,” said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & events. “Our 2013 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage.”

The award recognized Chattahoochee Technical College’s efforts in creating Grad Audit – a custom-programmed data-mining system to proactively identify students who have completed the requirements for degrees, diplomas or certificates. The system is able to find graduates rather than waiting students’ petitions to graduate, saving time by processing the records in bulk rather than one at a time.

Chattahoochee Technical College currently uses Banner and an add-on DegreeWorks as a way for students and advisors to track progress toward graduation. However, both are used only for single student evaluations. By developing its own solution, Chattahoochee Technical College can now look at each program of study and see if any students have met the requirements.

With more than 11,000 students typically enrolled in a semester, Chattahoochee Technical College graduates more than 1,500 students each year. In an effort to increase the number of graduates, officials at the college have implemented numerous projects, including a more robust academic advisement process and online tools for students to track their progress. This custom-built Grad Audit system, which was launched in March 2012, evaluates student records and determines progress, identifying milestones of completion.

“The system provides the Office of the Registrar a mechanism to find those students who have completed all requirements for shorter term awards – diplomas and certificates – as they continue work toward their Associate degrees,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Technology Dr. Scott Rule. “We are now able to notify these students of their accomplishment so far, which has a positive reinforcement effect for continuing their studies to completion of the two year program.”

The recipients of this year’s CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges’ recommendations and voted on the final 100.

Complete coverage of the 2013 CIO 100 Awards will be online at on August 1, 2013 and in the August 1st issue of CIO magazine.

CIO will honor executives from winners of the 2013 CIO 100 Award at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony on Aug. 13th at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Previous recipients of the CIO 100 Award include Intel, IBM, Boeing, Pfizer and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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