About The University of Minnesota
graduate & professional students
staff users on Destiny One
costing units across 26 programs on Destiny One
Due to word of mouth and relative ease of use, more units have adopted the Destiny One system. This in turn makes more offerings available to learners all in one place, thus prompting more enrollments in offerings across the entire UMN system.Kristy Davis
Across the University of Minnesota, each department and faculty was using their own approach to manage continuing, professional and non-credit education.
“We had a number of homegrown and purchased systems from a variety of vendors all operating on our campus and doing effectively the same things for different units and divisions,” Davis said.
As a result, the student experience and staff experience suffered.
“It created a number of redundancies and the impact was felt in the complexity of our environment, the inconsistency of the student experience and the challenges faced by staff in managing their offerings,” she added.
Since each unit was operating entirely separate continuing education businesses, faculty
and staff across the University of Minnesota were re-inventing the wheel on processes
that should have otherwise been standardized.
“Since we had numerous division-level systems to manage non-credit activities in the past, unit accountants needed to do weekly journal entries where they were manually distributing revenue into the appropriate chart strings,” David said. “Individual unit staff also used to have to manually conduct credit card reconciliation, debt collection and other accounts receivable reporting. It’s incredibly important but also time consuming.”
The Solution & Result
By consolidating the management of continuing, professional and non-credit education into Modern Campus Destiny One—while allowing individual faculties to maintain ownership of the development and delivery of academic programming—the staff and student experience has improved exponentially. And the university has realized significant cost savings.
“Several departments have been able to reduce the number of merchant accounts and benefited from having a single administrative support unit catered to non-credit activities,” Davis said.
One unit estimates that they save at least $33,000 annually from administration activities and merchant account costs. Another unit eliminated two merchant accounts—with their associated monthly fees and time investments—and estimate savings in the range of $15,000 per year.
Additionally, the market-leading eCommerce engine within Destiny One allows students to add courses and programs to their cart and pay with credit cards, mirroring the shopping experience modern consumers get elsewhere.
“My favorite thing is that Destiny One has allowed us to automate a lot of things that we used to do manually or on paper,” Sease said. “For example, allowing students to use discounts when enrolling online or enforcing that only certain students can enroll in a class.”
Centralizing the management of programming into Destiny One didn’t just reduce the number of duplicate accounts. Since Destiny One is integrated into the university’s enterprise financial system,it also made life easier for staff across the University of Minnesota.
The system has a streamlined invoicing process going directly to the controller’s office so unit accountants can focus time on other value-adding activities rather than manual reconciliation activities.
What’s more, since all credit card reconciliation, debt collection and documenting relating to annual audits is handled by the Academic Support Resources team—and managed through Destiny One—staff time and energy is focused back on learners and programmatic growth.
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