MALVERN, Pa, April 25, 2011 -

SunGard Higher Education is introducing its Banner Student Retention Performance solution to help institutions analyze, measure, and improve academic programs and student success initiatives.  The solution is an integrated package of scorecards, dashboards, reports and analytic capabilities designed to help institutions examine student success indicators, understand how well student success initiatives are working, analyze trends over time, and gain insights to improve retention and student success.

Banner Student Retention Performance pulls data from Banner Student and Banner Relationship Management, a CRM application that helps institutions directly engage with students, to create a clear picture of student engagement, persistence and progress. With consulting and training services, implementation can be accelerated, quickly delivering data to help institutions focus on strategies to improve retention and student success.

 “Banner Student Retention Performance gives our administrators robust reporting and analytical tools to make important, data-driven decisions,” said Bryan Gilchrist, director of IT, Florida Keys Community College.  “Improving academic programs and student success initiatives is a priority for us.  At the same time, we need to be as efficient as possible due to our limited resources.”

According to Mr. Gilchrist, the solution is helping Florida Keys execute longitudinal analyses of program enrollees and more easily measure student performance outcomes.  In addition, its integration with Banner Relationship Management helps the College better structure its campaigns and targeted communications, and measure engagement.

In order for institutions to fully analyze academic programs and student success and retention initiatives, they need the ability to access the substantial and complex data within their administrative and CRM solutions. Banner Student Retention Performance provides the critical link to that data, helping give institutions the capability to conduct a full 360 degree analysis of the factors that influence student success.  The information can help institutions look at data about student’s behavior, academic performance, and community involvement to get a better understanding of who is at risk and why. 

“Making informed and strategic decisions to improve academic programs and student success initiatives can be difficult, particularly when responsibility for student success is spread across an institution and resources are limited,” said Mark Zimmerman, vice president product management and strategy, SunGard Higher Education.  “Banner Student Retention Performance helps distribute the information out through the campus, and provides data access for a full 360 degree analysis.”

Banner Student Retention Performance includes business intelligence data models and reporting tools that pull data into a centralized and easily accessible site to support decision making.  It is part of a portfolio of solutions offered by SunGard Higher Education designed to help institutions address retention and student success. To attend a webinar about Banner Student Retention Performance on April 28, or to view the recording after that date, visit