"Wdesk helped us remove a lot of layers," said Kinsley. "In our old process, we had several steps that involved emails, repetitive entries and constant reviews. Wdesk put all of these steps into one application. We now have the ability to see who is submitting the data, and we can directly go to that person."
SUSF posts a complicated tuition and fees schedule, comprising each university's standard set of fees along with fees that are unique to separate programs. "Now with Wdesk, we just click one button and it automatically distributes the information," explained Kinsley.
The schedules are provided to state agencies to help finalize student financial-aid programs before the fall semester begins. "The pressure is on to get it published by mid-August," said Kinsley. "This year, with Wdesk, we published the data in the first week of July, more than a month sooner than before."
"With Wdesk, we are able to provide definite answers to students earlier, and it really makes their lives easier and helps them make better decisions," said Kinsley.
"There is huge pressure to have accurate data," explained Kinsley. "Wdesk linking helps us validate that the numbers are correct, and I have confidence when reporting to our students, Board and state agencies."
Wdesk also maintains data and process consistency, which helps when key people change jobs. "Wdesk is an archive, so we have a record of everything. This helps us continue working even when we have a new person on our team," added Kinsley.
Workiva (NYSE: WK) created Wdesk, a cloud-based productivity platform for enterprises to collect, link, report and analyze business data with control and accountability. Thousands of organizations, including over 65 percent of the Fortune 500®, use Wdesk. The platform's proprietary word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications are integrated and built upon a data management engine, offering synchronized data, controlled collaboration, granular permissions and a full audit trail. Wdesk helps mitigate enterprise risk, improve productivity and give users confidence to make decisions with real-time data. Workiva employs more than 1,200 people with offices in 16 cities. The company is headquartered in Ames, Iowa. For more information, visit workiva.com.
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