The Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium

HESS Announcements & Events


The HESS Consortium announces Saint Mary’s College and Wheaton College as pilot institutions in HESS Collective ERP Program

The HESS Consortium is pleased to announce that Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN) and Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) will lead as pilot institutions in the consortium’s HESS Collective ERP Program. The new program is building a framework for multiple institutions to work together on implementing a common, affordable, and cloud-native enterprise system solution through a cooperative contract and single implementation partner.  The full enterprise system available to HESS Collective members will include student information, recruitment, financial aid, student billing, finance, payroll, and human capital management modules, among others.

[view full news release here- 9/7/2021]
[view the Campus Technology article here- 10/4/2021]

We are excited to announce that our 2021 HESS Consortium Member Institutions Conference will be on November 16-17, 2021!  Because of the uncertainties and strained travel budgets surrounding the pandemic, we will again be meeting virtually this year but plan to have another exciting event with presentations from our ERP business partners AND our member institutions.


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  If you would like to present at this year’s virtual conference, please click here to submit your presentation proposal!  We are excited to hear what you are doing on your campuses and hope that you will submit a proposal for this year’s conference.  This is a great way for you and your staff professionals to hone your presentation skills while getting well-deserved national attention for the innovative work at your institution.

DEADLINE for proposals is October 1, 2021 but earlier submissions are appreciated! 


  • HESS Consortium Membership Dues Waived Again for 2021-2022

    The HESS Board of Directors has decided that HESS will continue to waive the annual membership fees for new and current members for one more year during the 2021-2022 year.

    So you can plan your future budgets accordingly, though, please be aware that we plan to resume membership fees of $499 for the following year, 2022-2023.

    HESS is excited to continue its work to collectively lower costs and increase collaboration throughout the coming year. We encourage you to take part in the HESS community of practice by joining in the activities and discussions among our member institutions on our listservs and in the HESS Consortium Online Leadership Community site (

    We look forward to resuming this fall’s annual HESS Conference in a virtual format, scheduled for November 16-17, 2021. More details will be forthcoming in the coming months.


    • The HESS Consortium Collective selects the Oracle Cloud for Higher Education Solution as its Common, Cloud-native ERP/SIS Platform

      Release: February 4, 2021

Chief Information Officers and other technology leaders from a group of 33 HESS Consortium member institutions- the HESS Consortium ERP/SIS Collective - have chosen Oracle Cloud for Higher Education as its new, common cloud-native ERP/SIS platform.

After reviewing a number of the major cloud-native software solutions, the group made the choice to select Oracle Cloud based on 1.) modern product functionality in Finance, Human Resources, Financial Aid and SIS, 2.) initial and long-term affordability and 3.) the ability to partner with the HESS Collective community in its vision to create a support and resource network for participating HESS Consortium member institutions.

Read more  |   View HESS Collective Overview Video 

View Drivestream's Information website on the Collective

Read the Campus Technology 2/8/2021 article on the HESS Collective here.

      • The NEW HESS Consortium Online Leadership Community (OLC)

        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!  Our HESS OLC community has just passed 200 active registered members!  If you are a HESS institution, join the discussions on the HESS OLC today!

        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)


        Monthy HESS Webinars with business partners, consultants and members are listed on our community leadership site here.
        (member login required)

HESS Webinar Recordings & National Articles

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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: