Higher Education

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Advancing Higher Education through Technology

IT leaders in higher education know the importance of how potential and existing students leverage public-facing technology. School leaders understand that recruiting new students and retention improvements are driven by offering more online and digital self-service options through updated systems and modern user interfaces.
Columbia Advisory Group higher education practices includes the following services:

With managed services tailored to each client’s specific needs, we accomplish our clients’ goals even in the most challenging economic or change environments.  We utilize the latest technologies and service approaces scaled to our clients’ specific requirements at a budget level that fits performance targets.

Columbia Advisory Group’s vCIO (Virtual CIO), vCISO (Virtual CISO) and Data Protection Officer services are designed to make experienced IT and Cybersecurity leaders available to colleges and universities to help them assess their IT infrastructure, security posture, and data privacy implementations to develop comprehensive strategies and plans to modernize higher learning technology environments.

With Columbia Advisory Group managing your ERP/SIS, your IT staff can transition away from managing the complexities of uptime, maintenance, and system updates and shift focus to other strategic priorities that advance student outcomes.

ColumbiaAVS has assembled a strong team of Certified Designers, Project Managers, Programmers and Implementation Engineers to design and deliver customized Audio/Visual solutions. ColumbiaAVS provides the right resources to walk customers through equipment preparation, delivery, installation and configuration.

Our data security team develops customized security programs plans and risk registers as well as policy standards, and procedures based on appropriate security frameworks and the regulatory environment for your institution.  

Our Security Operations Center works with your team as an overlay or independently to rapidly detect, analyze, investigate and actively deliver threat mitigation and containment. At CAG we can provide a turnkey experience, using your existing or predefined technology stack to collect relevant logs, data and contextual information while providing 24×7 monitoring of your networks, endpoints, and cloud environments to detect, respond, and recover from modern cyber attacks.. 

ERP and CRM systems are the the backbone of how universities and colleges manage, organize, and deliver services to students from recruitment and registration to housing to financial aid. Our integrated approach to managing ERP (SIS) and CRM streamlines process and eliminates waste.

Maintaining and integrating complex technology portfolios can be challenging for higher education IT departments. Columbia Advisory Group helps institutions balance their needs of the institution against their budgetary constraints and regulatory requirements.
Our education-focused team has significant experience helping both large and small institutions meet their technology needs to achieve stability, efficiency, and innovation across campus. Our proven solutions and frameworks are designed to fit higher education but also take advantage of state-of-the-art expertise gained across other industries and enterprises.
IT experts are in high demand and short supply; we offer institutions a cost-effective way to access top expertise to support in-house IT departments. Our managed services allow institutions to access experts beyond their department walls and to only pay for the portion of the time that they need.

Migrating Student Information Services to the Cloud

Columbia Advisory Group’s team of higher education experts brings years of leadership and understanding to modernizing leading Student Information Systems.  Our team has unparalleled expertise and understands the challenges that higher education leadership faces.  We provide seasoned IT leadership that couples higher education experience with private industry best practices to bring modern, compelling experiences and reliability to your students, faculty, and staff.
Columbia Advisory group delivers unified security & compliance reporting that allows your business to track its readiness against any security or risk-based standard in real time whether cloud or on-premise.

Trusted By

Columbia Advisory Group is honored to have provided our specialty practices to many colleges and universities. As a trusted partner, our team offers expertise and innovative solutions to help handle the dynamic challenges of higher education’s diverse IT needs. Our specialized practices areas serve as a reliable resource, providing you with a specialized team to assist with your IT operations.

At CAG, we offer expert solutions for enrollment, recruitment, student success analytics, research, data security, network and software upgrades, migrations, integrations, governance, and solutions to support hybrid learning. We understand the difficulty in finding true experts in the field, so we offer a built-in best practice sounding board and “special forces” teams to handle your ever-evolving IT needs.

Columbia Advisory Group provides turnkey solutions and services that scale to the needs of your educational environment, including:

  • Interim and Fractional IT and Cyber Leadership
  • Data Governance
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Student Information System (SIS) Management
  • Cloud Migration and Management
  • ERP (Ellucian Banner)
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Unified Communications
  • And More

At Columbia Advisory Group, we have a rich history of supporting colleges and universities with all facets of IT.

And other leading cloud-based and self-hosted Student Information Systems.

Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems

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Need to move swiftly? Our contract awards with E&I Cooperative Services, Buyboard, and TIPS purchasing cooperatives allow you to meet the needs of your students, staff, and faculty in a rapidly changing education landscape.

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