The Research Foundation of State University of New York Selects Huron Consulting Group's ecrt(R) Solution for Effort Reporting
Huron Education Software Solution Helps Universities and Research Institutions Manage Effort Reporting

CHICAGO, Oct 12, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN), a leading provider of business consulting services, today announced that The Research Foundation of State University of New York (RF) has selected its ecrt(R) solution for effort reporting.

Huron's ecrt solution facilitates a compliant approach to effort reporting by integrating with an institution's various financial, payroll and research administration systems. The RF processes more than 16,000 certifications per year for State University of New York (SUNY) campuses. The ecrt solution provides the RF with an official record of grant related effort and addresses reporting needs with an at-a-glance dashboard of certification completeness. The automated functionality of the ecrt solution enables quick management follow-up, minimizes mathematical errors in quantifying effort, improves data accuracy, provides audit capabilities, and facilitates greater compliance.

"We need a system that responds well to the working life of faculty and administrators on campus. Huron's ecrt solution has the flexibility to accommodate the unique effort reporting process required by many SUNY research institutions," said Garry Sanders, vice president of sponsored programs administration at the RF. "The program will help streamline processes, making it easier for staff supporting complex university operations."

The web-based ecrt solution will allow the RF to:

  • Enable a certifier to quickly and easily complete the certification task.
  • Foster a simplified and standardized institutional approach to effort reporting.
  • Provide for increased institutional compliance.

"The functionality of the ecrt solution minimizes an institution's effort reporting compliance risk and is very straight-forward for faculty members to use in completing their certifications," said Gregory Bedell, managing director, Huron Education. "We look forward to supporting and standardizing effort reporting at such an important university system."

About The Research Foundation of State University of New York

The Research Foundation of State University of New York (RF) exists to support SUNY. Serving SUNY for over 60 years, the RF is the largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country, supporting over $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually and facilitating university-industry-government partnerships to accelerate the growth of sponsored program and applied research opportunities. Areas of supported research encompass a vast range of disciplines including life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences; and computer and information sciences.

Founded in 1951 as a private non-profit educational corporation, the RF works with academic and business leadership to support essential research and discovery that translate into invention, innovation, entrepreneurship, economic opportunity and public benefit across New York and throughout the world. For more information visit the RF website, read the RF Fact of the Day and connect with the RF on Facebook.

About Huron Education

Huron Education is the premier provider serving the unique needs of the higher education industry. Our team of professionals, each with extensive knowledge and experience in the business of higher education and academic medical centers, delivers comprehensive services to the industry and partners with institutions to improve business performance across the enterprise. Our professionals draw from their experience working in the strategic, financial, operational, and regulatory aspects of higher education to develop and implement the most effective consulting and software solutions. Huron Education has helped more than 90 of the nation's top 100 research institutions improve their performance so they can continue their traditions of extraordinary achievement.

About Huron Consulting Group

Huron Consulting Group helps clients in diverse industries improve performance, comply with complex regulations, reduce costs, recover from distress, leverage technology, and stimulate growth. The Company teams with its clients to deliver sustainable and measurable results. Huron provides services to a wide variety of both financially sound and distressed organizations, including healthcare organizations, Fortune 500 companies, leading academic institutions, medium-sized businesses, and the law firms that represent these various organizations. Learn more at

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