Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) is getting into the software business. The institution is in line to earn royalties from the sale of its Jasper student administration system, which it co-owns with developer Aoraki.
Jasper was developed for the polytechnic after it failed to find an existing package that didn’t require it to change the way it operated. Chief executive John Scott says modifications to PeopleSoft or Callista, which the polytechnic considered, “would have been equal to the cost of the system”.
CPIT registrar Jo Milne says Jasper has been in place for a year and works as a “one-stop-shop” for all interactions between students and the polytechnic.
She says the benefit of that is consistency of data on the thousands of courses and students the polytechnic deals with. A side benefit has been greater collaboration between teaching and non-teaching staff.
What the year-old system doesn’t yet allow, however, is full, browser-based enrolment.
“Web access has been delivered, but we don’t want to make it available until we’ve thrashed it.”
When it is, students will be able to amend personal data, pre-enrol and check student loan details.
Scott expects Jasper royalties to eventually cover the polytechnic’s development bill.