The CBORD Group, a provider of campus card and integrated auxiliary management solutions to colleges and universities, announced that the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Minneapolis and St. Paul recently expanded its use of the Odyssey PCS campus card solution from CBORD to roll out card-based services to its university community. Thanks to a newly enhanced solution, students can take advantage of online account management, as well as make payments for goods and services at more campus venues using their U Cards. The University of Minnesota TC Campus enrolls more than 51,000 students and employs more than 22,000 faculty and staff members.
Odyssey PCS allowed the U Card office to develop and implement a more convenient declining balance program, known at the university as Gopher GOLD. Previously an offline, value stripe-accessed program, Gopher Gold is an online declining balance account managed by Odyssey PCS, improving convenience for students, staff, and faculty. Additionally, the U Card office was able to partner with University Dining Services to have Gopher GOLD value accepted at all of their 32 campus venues. Gopher Gold 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 much more.
Other recent expansions to the university's use of CBORD technologies include upgrades of the Foodservice Suite and EventMaster PLUS food service and catering management solutions in use on campus. These solutions control costs and ensure quality in food and event management, and they integrate for up-to-the-minute data integrity. The university is also implementing CBORD's Webfood online ordering solution to provide students with even more convenient dining options.