Oracle Student: Designed for change, built for you

By Vivian Wong posted 10-05-2022 04:10 PM


As we embark upon the start of a new academic year, I want to extend my best wishes and gratitude to our incredibly resilient higher ed customer community. Despite the challenges of the past several years, your commitment to ensuring excellent services and quality education for your students has never wavered, and we at Oracle are honored to partner with you.

I’m thrilled to announce that this academic year will reach an important milestone release of Oracle Student, laying the groundwork for our early adopters to begin their migration to the Cloud.  

In addition, I am delighted to share that this fall Oracle Student SFP processed $3.7B in financial aid, helping just over a quarter million students get one step closer to their degrees! Thus far SFP has disbursed $13.4 B total, including large, complex R1s like Rutgers. SFP has delivered incredible results for all of our SFP customers: one institution has seen a 47% increase in financial aid completions and 26% increase in FAFSA submissions. Best of all, it automates 90% of the financial aid process, freeing staff can spend time on students, not process.

That’s the kind of purposeful vision and innovative technology that we’re bringing to the rest of Oracle Student. It’s intuitively designed with intelligent alerts to keep students on track, able to support lifelong learning on a single platform, and built with core frameworks targeted to the line-of-business end user. Simply put: it makes the complex simple.

How does it do all this? Built natively on the Oracle Fusion platform, Oracle Student leverages best-in-class, patented technology that’s unparalleled in its innovation. Our pervasive automation, our autonomous database, Redwood design, and an end-to-end technology stack – not to mention our three decades of experience serving the higher ed industry – all allow us to support our customers in new and exciting ways. Most importantly, Oracle Student will empower students to get back to what matters most to them:  their classes, internships, extracurriculars, jobs, families, and more.

But this is not just an Oracle effort. It takes a village – in our case, our passionate customer base! 77% of SFP features were community-sourced in 2021, and that’s the level of customer engagement we want to bring to our development of Oracle Student. I want to thank our early adopters, various advisory groups, and customers for your help in shaping Oracle Student to meet our industry’s needs. 

In addition, we’re working directly with our customers’ customers – your students – with our Oracle Student Advisory Groups. This fall we’re launching a second student advisory group specifically for Oracle Student, which will join our SFP Advisory Group. These students come from a variety of Oracle Cloud and Campus Solutions institutions, and their feedback and student system experiences will be impactful for our product development of Oracle Student. Our team is inspired and grateful to these students for helping us shape the future of higher education.

For those of you wanting to learn more about Oracle Student, you’re in luck! First of all, I’d encourage you to attend Oracle CloudWorld in October, where we’ll share more about Oracle Student and our other solutions for higher ed. Even if you’re not an Oracle Cloud customer yet, this is a great opportunity to gather with your peers, share ideas, learn from their experiences, and get the latest on what’s new with Oracle solutions. (And we’re planning some extra-special events for our higher ed community that you won’t want to miss out on!)

If you won’t be able to join us in Las Vegas this October, have no fears. We have a number of activities and resources throughout this fall that will shed more light on all that Oracle Student can and will bring to the higher ed industry.  If you’re a HEUG member, join us on September 29th and October 13th for our two webinars about how Campus Solutions customers can start preparing for their move to the cloud. We’ll also be hosting a fireside chat on October 13th where Rutgers and Spring Arbor will share about their journey to Oracle Cloud, and how Oracle Student will support their institutional missions. 

Keep watching this space to stay up to date with all the news and events for the current and prospective Oracle student community: from webinars to demos to whitepapers to customer case studies, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to engage with Oracle Student and our team. However, what’s more important than Oracle Student are the institutions and students who will benefit from this solution, and we’re looking forward to showcase their contributions and tell their stories.