ctcLink at Bates

What is ctcLink?

ctcLink is the implementation of a single, centralized system of online functions to give students, faculty and staff anytime, anywhere access to a modern, efficient way of doing their college business. It is a statewide initiative that affects all 34 community and technical colleges. The State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is spearheading the project for the state. 

When will Bates implement ctcLink?

Bates is in wave 3 and will implement ctcLink during the 2016-2017 year. We will 'go live' in mid-year 2017.

Why do we need it? 

The community and technical colleges' (CTC) current administrative systems are old and outdated. They use database reporting tools from the early 1980s. This limits the CTC's ability to streamline policies and practices across all colleges and support the current and future information needs of students, faculty and staff. A common suite of online tools is needed to create efficiencies system-wide, keep pace with innovations in teaching and learning, and provide the services students and staff expect in today's digital world. 

What are the benefits? 

ctcLink will be a massive upgrade for the entire CTC system. Students, faculty and staff will have access to information from anywhere at any time, with many processes available from a mobile device. Students will use online tools for doing their college business and they'll have a more common experience across the CTC system, whether they transfer from one college to another or attend two or more CTCs at once. They will have one student ID and use common online tools for everything from admission to graduation. Among many other things, colleges-and the system as a whole-will benefit from a single source for accurate and timely data and the standardization of select administrative processes to support efficiency and effectiveness across the system. 

How will it affect me? 

It depends on your role at your college or at SBCTC. If you use the current legacy systems in your work, (such as FMS, SMS, PPMS or FAM) you will learn an entirely new system and process for inputting and accessing information online. Those who don't use the current system on a daily basis will see changes too, such as the addition of online workflows for certain tasks and, for everyone, the added benefit of new, online tools to access and manage their personal records.

Where can I learn more?