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Some of the world’s leading higher-education institutions use Workday.
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Built for the needs of higher education.

Workday offers an easier way to recruit and retain best-fit students and employees, introduce new programs and initiatives, and adapt quickly to change. Workday handles the unique needs of higher education with functionality to manage the entire student lifecycle, faculty academic appointments, named professorships, committees and unions, tenure tracking, flexible payment calendars, activity-based pay, grants, effort certification, endowment accounting, and open-ended terms. The flexible budgetary control framework, fund accounting, and position budgeting capabilities provide the visibility institutions need to improve compliance, demonstrate accountability, reduce errors, and stay on top of their financial health. 

With Workday, colleges and universities can:

  • Adapt quickly and easily to changes in learning/outcome models, program offerings, regulatory requirements, and organizational structure.
  • Engage students, faculty, and staff with personalized communications and self-service delivered via smartphone, tablet, and desktop.
  • Gain greater insight into faculty and staff to optimize human resources, plan for succession, and better manage appointments, tenure, leave, and other faculty information.
  • Improve accuracy, visibility, and compliance related to grant proposals, budgets, and awards.


Workday is equipped to evolve to meet the unique needs of your institution. Our applications are infinitely flexible, extremely intuitive, and incredibly powerful.

Financial Management

With a full range of financial capabilities, real-time analytics, and fully auditable business processes, Workday Financial Management provides a complete view of institutional finances and supports more-effective decision-making.

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Management Reporting
  • Expenses
  • Procurement
  • Inventory
  • Projects
  • Grants Management
Human Capital Management
Designed to adapt as your needs evolve, Workday Human Capital Management helps you hire, compensate, retain, and develop your faculty and staff.
  • Human Resource Management
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Talent
  • Recruiting
  • Payroll
  • Time and Absence
  • Learning

Built to enable collaborative planning, budgeting, and forecasting, Workday Planning helps you create financial and workforce plans that improve institutional effectiveness.


Different by design, Workday Student transforms the business of higher education with built-in analytics, a flexible academic foundation, and an embedded system of engagement.

  • Academic Foundation
  • Student Recruiting
  • Admissions
  • Curriculum Management
  • Student Records
  • Academic Advising
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Financials


The world’s leading companies trust Workday as their enterprise cloud suite, supporting breakthrough results in financial management and human capital management across a wide range of challenges and industries.

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We are trying to tackle the big issue of how to offer affordability and excellence in higher education. We needed to find dollars in our budget and make them available via scholarship. Workday is providing a modern finance system that will help us do that.

Michael Hofherr

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Solutions for a Modern University: Workday for Higher Education
The Power of Partnership: Building a Better Student System
Gartner report: IT Market Clock for Higher Education, 2016