Chicago-Area Schools Offering SAP Training
The SAP University Alliance (UA) program is made up of member universities that receive free licenses to use SAP enterprise application software. Professors of member institutions are provided with materials to train students. Students may have difficulty identifying a school's SAP courses and programs since schools generally integrate them into their curriculum. It may be best if the student talks to a school counselor or department head to see if the school offers SAP training that matches their professional or educational goals.
This article looks at three schools within an hour's drive of downtown Chicago and at some of the relevant programs they offer. It includes a table of pertinent information about each school, such as tuition, enrollment, graduation rate and percentage of undergraduates who receive financial aid. There is also a listing of some other nearby schools that offer SP training.
- Northern Illinois University, about 66 miles from downtown Chicago, offers several SAP training courses in topics including supply chain systems, enterprise resource planning and manufacturing technology management.
- Nearly 23 miles from the city center, Oakton Community College provides SAP training through courses in management information systems, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, systems for business and system configuration with SAP.
- Governors State University has an ERP systems course. This school is about 36 miles from downtown Chicago.
Comparison of Schools
The following table presents information about each of these three schools that offer SAP training.
|Northern Illinois University||Oakton Community College||Governors State University|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||20,611*||10,589*||5,776*|
|Campus Setting||Small suburb||Small city||Fringe rural|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)||$14,295 in-state; $23,761 out-of-state*||$3,285 in-district; $8,878 in-state; $10,866 out-of-state*||$10,246 in-state; $18,406 out-of-state*|
|% of All Undergraduate Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2014)||67%*||25%*||59%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||51%*||N/A - open admissions*||94%*|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2014)||71% full-time; 43% part-time*||75% full-time; 47% part-time*||N/A - not reported*|
|Graduation Rate||50% (students began studies in Fall 2008)*||17% graduation rate and 37% transfer-out rate (students began studies in Fall 2011)*||N/A - not reported*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University's College of Business became a SAP UA member in 2011. The department features three SAP undergraduate courses: supply chain systems, enterprise resource planning and manufacturing systems management.
Supply Chain Systems
This course offers an in-depth analysis of the fundamental principles of supply chain management. Students in this course can expect to learn about supply chain strategy, problems, and analysis, as well as cross-functional solutions, decision models, and information systems.
Enterprise Resource Planning
Using the latest commercial software, students in this course will learn about business enterprise systems, with course topics including essential principles such as system interfaces, information requirements, databases, and system components.
Manufacturing Systems Management
This course provides an intensive examination of contemporary issues and challenges related to manufacturing systems. Students will learn how to identify and resolve potential complications as they learn about topics such as capacity planning, materials management, and product scheduling.
Oakton Community College
Oakton Community College started offering classes in 1969. It offers SAP-enhanced courses through its Division of Math and Technology and Division of Social Sciences and Business.
Managing Information Systems
This course is an online SAP-enhanced course. It investigates computer system used for personal or business purposes. It focuses specifically on maintenance, network communication, security, backup and software installation. The course also considers how to pick software and hardware for the computer. This course is available Summer 2016.
Introduction to ERP Systems
This course is available online in the Summer of 2016. The focus of the course is how ERP systems and basic business processes interact. The course specifically concentrates on the interaction with various functional areas, such as human resource management, controlling, financial accounting, production planning, materials management and distribution and sales.
Information Systems for Business
Students learn about online business applications. They study the process, output and input of various business systems. The course includes a case study, which focuses on payroll transactions, disbursements, receipts payable and sales processing. Students may take this course in Summer 2016.
System Configuration Using SAP
Students receive hands-on experience with enterprise systems. Topics covered include implementation, configuration and design. Students also learn how to deploy an ERP system in a modern business environment. This course becomes available in the Summer of 2016.
Governors State University
Governors State University joined the SAP UA in October 2008. The university uses the software package in undergraduate and graduate programs in areas such as accounting, management information, health professions, computer science and business. Information about courses and programs that involve SAP is generally not available online.
This course instructs students in how to incorporate business processes into an ERP system. Students learn about configuring an ERP system during implementation, as well as learning about the end-user's experience. This course is part of the core management information systems courses of the Master of Science in Management Information Systems degree program.
Other School Options
Other members of the SAP University Alliance in the Chicago area are Elmhurst College, which is located less than 20 miles from Chicago, and Olivet Nazarene University, located about one hour from Chicago.