Columbia Advisory Group Selected by The Texas A&M University System to Improve Cost Effectiveness and Compliance of Student Information Systems

DALLAS--()--Columbia Advisory Group (CAG) has been selected by The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) with the goal of significantly lowering the operating cost of delivering Student Information System services while also providing enhanced support of audit and compliance functions.

“We will be able to improve services and compliance while also reducing our overall spend.”

“Our substantial experience with student information systems at several TAMUS campuses, as well as our ability to improve audit and security performance helped us win the opportunity to provide these services for all members,” said David McLaughlin, President and CEO of CAG. “We’ve built an outstanding team and operating model that gets results. We look forward to making that standard available to all TAMUS members.”

The Texas A&M University System negotiated a master professional services contract that allows the System’s universities to use CAG services to help lower the cost of tracking student information, including applications, financial aid and other student data.

“CAG has an excellent track record in this field, including keeping costs within budget,” said Mark Stone, Chief Information Officer, Texas A&M University System. “We will be able to improve services and compliance while also reducing our overall spend.”

Stone estimated that the cost of tracking student information, on average, could be reduced by 30 percent.

CAG works with its clients to create and provide detailed IT analysis and solutions. CAG’s IT assessment and due diligence services provide better financial visibility, identify and mitigate IT risks, and improve IT performance results. The company is known for working with difficult and demanding IT problems in a variety of economic, regulatory and budgetary environments. The industries representative of their clients include higher education, healthcare and pharmacy, private equity and venture capital, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, as well as media and publishing.

About Columbia Advisory Group:

Columbia Advisory Group (CAG) is a dynamic Information Technology (IT) consulting firm. An established and proven company with 100+ years of combined technology experience and business acumen, CAG’s team has assessed and helped improve the performance of more than 300 technology organizations and IT departments. By focusing on simple, meaningful and practical solutions combined with straight-forward analysis and recommendations, CAG’s team has experience in many regulatory and economic environments with companies and organizations of all sizes. CAG not only offers a deep understanding of IT, but its solutions are software and hardware agnostic. Whether a client is high growth or economically challenged, CAG can adapt to the complexities and nuances of that business. Based in Dallas, Texas, CAG works extensively with clients throughout the U.S. For more information, visit

About The Texas A&M University System

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 140,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, externally funded research expenditures exceed $932 million and help drive the state’s economy.


Columbia Advisory Group media contact:
Sunwest Communications
Katie Olivier, 214-373-1601
The Texas A&M University System media contact:
Terry McDevitt, 979-458-6018
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