Students at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul, can now utilize online account management as well as make payments for goods and services at more campus venues due to its implementation of campus card provider CBORD’s Odyssey PCS solution.
Odyssey PCS allows the university’s card office to develop and implement a more convenient declining balance program, known at the university as Gopher GOLD. Previously offline only, Gopher Gold is now accessible via the Web to provide account management for the university’s 51,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff members.
Additionally, the card office was able to partner with University Dining Services to have Gopher GOLD accepted at all of the school’s 32 campus venues. It may also be used at 314 snack and beverage vending machines, 13 library-provided copy services, 60 computer labs for printing, 335 laundry machines in its 10 residence halls, and more.
“Odyssey PCS was our number-one choice as we moved forward in transitioning our Gopher GOLD program from an offline system to an online declining balance program,” said Shirley Everson, director of the U Card Office.
Other recent expansions involving Ithaca, N.Y.-based CBORD technologies include upgrades of the Foodservice Suite and EventMaster PLUS! food service and catering management solutions that control costs and ensure quality in food and event management. The university is also implementing CBORD’s Webfood online ordering system to provide students with another dining option.