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July 24, 2008

TopSchool Joins CRM SaaS Co. Regent in Higher Education Product

By David Sims
TMCnet Contributing Editor

Regent Education, a vendor of financial aid management SaaS (News - Alert) products for higher education, today announced that it has formed a partnership with TopSchool, a vendor of administrative products for small to mid-size higher education institutions.
TopSchool says it sells a student lifecycle management product consisting of a student information system at its core, integrated with a customer relationship management system, student and faculty portal, reporting suite, and support services.
Through the partnership, Regent Enterprise will be integrated into TopSchool’s SLM as the financial aid module, according to the companies.
Matthew Schnittman, TopSchool’s president and chief executive officer, said with complementary delivery models, “our partnership with Regent supports our goal to provide institutions with products to serve their students and manage their operations.”

TopSchool’s SLM system provides an information management product, described by company officials as “a CRM to aggregate and manage leads, a customizable student and faculty portal, a student information system, an ad-hoc reporting suite and a customer service model.”
In June, TopSchool announced the availability of the TopSchool SLM 2.0 Student Lifecycle Management system. 
The product provides “a single system to collect information beginning with prospects, and moving through their entire institutional experience,” company officials say, adding that such a systematic approach “allows the institution to determine key variables, such as what type of student should they look for, who is successful at their institution, how do they provide the proper learning environment for their students, how do they best retain students, and more.”
Schnittman said that over the last nine years, “I have heard countless college and university leaders lament the lack of accessible data.”
TopSchool SLM 2.0 is marketed as providing “rapid startup and continuous software updates through its software-as-a-service delivery model,” made possible, company officials say, because “all clients are using the same version of the software, with the ability to create customizations to their particular instance.”
Since TopSchool was created using the latest Microsoft (News - Alert) technologies, the ability to integrate third party systems is available.
David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
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