The Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium

HESS Announcements & Events


      • The HESS Consortium just reached a major milestone!!  200 Member Institutions in 6 years!!

        Thanks to all of our private, non-profit member institutions for making the HESS Consortium a valuable resource for CIOs, Directors and CFOs across the nation!

      • The NEW HESS Consortium Online Leadership Community

        In an effort to help our members more closely communicate and collaborate, we have created a new service for our HESS members.  This new resource is called the HESS Consortium Online Leadership Community.  It is a LinkedIn or Facebook-like closed social media platform that allows focused groups to discuss topics, share files and collaborate at a new level!  

        Click here to login or sign-up for the new HESS Online Leadership Community
        (PLEASE NOTE: This new social community platform is for HESS member institutions and their staff ONLY)


      • HESS Consortium members! Join Exlibris for a demonstration of the campusM mobile solution on Friday, September 18 at 11 AM ET

        RSVP today online at 

        HESS Member CIO, Jim Avery of Union University will talk about how he bridged the digital divide by creating a mobile app experience for his students and faculty on the campusM platform. Come learn how Ex Libris, the software company behind campusM, is partnering with the Hess Consortium to empower campus mobilization for its members. The team from Ex Libris will demonstrate how campusM is being used by over 15 million students today.

Previous HESS Webinar Recordings & National Articles

The HESS Board Votes to Waive Membership Dues for 2020-2001

The HESS Consortium was founded to help private, non-profit colleges and universities address technology operation-related issues and, of course, budget stresses are at the top of that list of issues today. 

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent stresses it has placed on our members’ resources across the country, the HESS Board of Directors has decided that we will waive membership fees for new and current members for this coming 2020-2021 year.  

If you are interested in joining HESS, click here!

HESS Consortium Member Webinars for 2020 

HESS Webinar w/ Ferrilli: The Importance of De-Customization
September 25, 2020 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST)

Change is uncomfortable for everyone, and in higher education change is a necessity.  Seattle University partnered with Ferrilli to complete a full-scale ERP revitalization project.  The work on that project was valuable, but perhaps more valuable was the trust and relationships built during the engagement.  That trust enabled the team to complete two significant de-customization projects - the migration of WebAdvisor to Self-Service and a complete re-vamp of Financial Aid new year setups to significantly reduce the time spent on that annual activity. Join us to learn more about the efficiencies gained and man hours reduced as a part of these initiatives. 

Click here to RSVP on the HESS Online Leadership Community site (login required).

HESS Webinar : Connect Everyone and Everything with Campus
September 30, 2020 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST)

Campus is rapidly replacing outdated portals with a modern, cloud-hosted platform that reduces costs, saves time and connects college constituents with a personalized one-stop-shop so they can thrive and succeed.

Join Chris Hagan, our Chief Technology Officer as he explores in detail the technology that powers Campus. We will take a deep dive on how the Campus Integration Platform "Flow" interprets, consolidates, and simplifies data synchronization between your different systems (SIS, LMS, CRM, HR, ERP, Authentication, and more).

Click here to RSVP on the HESS Online Leadership Community site (login required).

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he Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium or "The HESS Consortium" is a 501c3 non-profit, membership-run organization. The HESS Consortium is focused on collectively lowering costs and increasing collaboration between specifically private colleges and universities in the area of administrative systems and services.

The HESS Consortium is made up of chief financial officers, chief information officers as well as technology and finance directors in a diverse group of schools committed to finding efficiencies and cost savings by working with other like-minded institutions. Together, we realize that, throughout the country, private college/university Chief Information/Technology Officers (CIO) and Chief Business Officers (CBO) are mutually charged with providing mission critical administrative services in an environment of almost flat, if not decreasing, net revenues. We are asked to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of administrative software services and related information technology to meet the increasing needs of diverse users while minimizing the resources used.

Together, we are working in lockstep with our Presidents to determine how our tasks can best be accomplished, what marketplace options may be available to better meet out needs, and what innovative solutions are being implemented in our sector across the country.  One thing is clear.  Together, we are stronger.  Learn more about our goals and how to join the HESS Consortium by clicking here.

Our Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium member institutions are:

 Our partnering state and national associations include: