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RCC wants Boston company to provide software services

After terminating its agreement with a previous software company that couldn’t fix bugs for students using the system, Rogue Community College appears poised to select a successor.

RCC posted an “intent to award” notice Sept. 16 with Jenzabar, a Boston-based company that delivers software solutions to higher education institutions. The company is the apparent choice over Ellucian, a Virginia-based corporation that also submitted a proposal to RCC.

Jenzabar now enters a seven-day “protest period,” but Julie Raefield, RCC’s public information officer, said this week the company likely won’t face much objection.

“Our consultants, Government Finance Officers Association, will assist RCC with the scope of work and contract negotiations starting late next week,” Raefield wrote. “There isn't any additional information to share at this time.”

Jenzabar, founded in 1998, contracts with more than 1,300 campuses. Its software products focus on facets of higher education such as enrollment, student information and online learning. It is not clear which suite of platforms RCC could use.

The likely contract award to Jenzabar would cap a series of events for RCC and its relations with software vendors.

Switching in the early 2020s from an outdated vendor, RCC contracted with Florida-based Campus Nexus — later called Anthology — for a suite of online student services. When the company could not fix bugs in the system, RCC and Anthology agreed the school would receive a $850,000 refund from the company.