Darden is one of the leading partners in a consortium of the top 20 business schools. In 1997 Darden and many of these schools were at a consortium meeting discussing the need for a superior student registration system. They discussed the demands of MBA students for specific courses, the need for a very fair registration process and the desire to have a high touch alumni development system. At that point Darden and some of the other schools already had some in-house systems in place. Schools that wanted to use the best system asked for a "bake-off." Darden won and Darden Solutions was born.
Since 1997 Darden has been enhancing and licensing software to other MBA schools that want to partner with us and make the product the best of breed in the MBA school market place
Our consortium members drive the future direction of our products and services. Whether through phone calls or our feedback website, our members enhancement requests determine what we add to the products.
We understand. Darden Solutions is a department within the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business. Since 1997, Darden Solutions has worked together with the top schools in the country to develop best-in-class student information systems for Admissions, Career Services, Course Registration, and Alumni Services. We work on the grounds of The University. We know what works on a college campus.
We are not your ordinary staff. Each of our developers have over fifteen years of experience in technology. They understand the web because they've been working with it since the beginning. Together with our project managers, thorough quality assurance staff, and systems administrators, we have a very helpful staff.
Our Client List
Our Client List
We are looking for good partners
Darden is interested in partnering with schools who want to be part of a consortium of other schools, that are all interested in helping one another and creating the best of breed MBA course registration and alumni networking software. Here is our current client list:
- Chicago GSB
- Columbia Business School
- Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia
- MIT Sloan School of Management
- University of Virginia
Please let us know if you would like any references.
Registration that doesn't end after add/drop Give your students the opportunity to create a course schedule that meets their personal and professional goals. Then use registration data to identify which course combinations are the most popular and appropriate for different student types
Better than Ebay Use our course bidding process to fairly allocate courses with limited seating. The creation of a marketplace for available classes has been proven to provide an equitable process that is embraced by students. Familiar with Dutch bidding? Contact us.
A place for everybody Our registrar system is comprised of a website for Faculty, Students, and the Registrar.
Mulitple Programs Managing multiple programs through a single interface is a snap within the Registrar Module. Staff can design course schedules and clone groups of classes for upcoming terms. Multiple phases are available to offer different courses to various student groups based on their roles. Seating options allow allocations by student type to offer the appropriate number of spaces. Course templates let you quickly apply school calendars to courses. You can also post messages to the student portal. Communication, crucial for you and your students.
The student portal is the system centerpiece that provides enhanced searching for students to find all available courses and create their schedule. Students take action on individual courses or a cart full of courses. Alternate selections can be configured to place students in alternate classes if their primary request is unavailable. Students that don't make it into a course can be automatically placed on a wait-list. Real-time add/drop and class swaps enhance the ability for students to modify their schedules to meet their needs.
The faculty website organizes course rosters and makes grading a snap for faculty members to see their course rosters and enter grades. Assistants can also have a security role to complete some of the functions on behalf of faculty.
The data you need. Collect all the data items you need about your alumni. Employment data? How about current employers and historical employment data going back as far as you'd like? Interests? Skills? Languages? We've got it covered. Don't need all that? That's okay. You pick and choose the data you need. Oh, and it's your data. Report on it. Mine it. Synchronize it with BSR Advance or Millennium. Whatever you like.
You're in control. Create a navigation menu that links to anything you want and nothing you don't. Define the look and feel of the site. It's all based on Cascading Style Sheets so let your designers loose.
Features? We got features.
- Search: Search using any combination of nearly fifty attributes. Want to find a CPA that likes Rugby and speaks Italian? Or maybe just everyone in your class? No problem. Want to run that search again? Save it. See a simple list of matching results or a list of photos and names. Or both. Your choice. Even keep a list of your buddies.
- Find jobs: Find jobs simply. Recruiters post jobs. Administrators review and approve the listings. Alumni search for and find their next career. Search by location, skills required, or company name, among others. Save this search too. See a pattern?
- Class Notes: Collect and read class notes, right on the web site. See only the notes that interest you. Search the archives or just the current notes. Keep up with what's going on.
- Clubs, Chapters, and Organizations: Manage your own clubs and organization. Appoint officers. Designate a webmaster who can define the look and feel of an organizations site, create pages and content, and manage events. Take control.
- Lots more: E-mail for life, mailing lists, yellow pages. calendar of events --with registration and payment,-- and Lost alumni. It's all there. Use what you want. Pick and choose.
It's not just about building a community. It's about living in one.
Not just alumni. Put your students in. Let them see alumni. Network. Worried about FERPA? Don't be. You control who sees who. Set it up so that students can see and contact alumni, but not the other way around. Even put your faculty and staff in. Make it a school-wide directory. We support that too.