Unisys custom developed a solution that leverages Java and the ClearPath MCP JProcessor specialty engine to help the University of Washington align with the United States Department of Education’s complex XML guidelines and process student loan data natively on its existing ClearPath servers.
Replacing a hybrid XML processing application with one that runs entirely on its ClearPath system helped the university speed the exchange of student loan information with the Department of Education – and enabled it to do so in a much more secure, reliable, and straightforward manner.
In an effort to standardize and streamline the processing of student loans, the United States Department of Education (DOE) mandates that all higher-education institutions exchange this information using documents that conform to their large and complex XML schema. Known as Common Origination and Disbursement (COD), this schema accounts for the full breadth of financial aid-related activities – from the initial application to semester-by-semester disbursements.
For the University of Washington (UW), one of the west coast’s largest and oldest universities, complying with this directive means multiple exchanges of information with the DOE for every student who receives federal financial aid. So, in 2005, the UW staff worked with Unisys architect Nick Horstman to develop a solution that leveraged the then current Unisys XML Provider technology to parse the DOE’s XML documents and keep them within the existing COBOL applications job streams.
- Performance: Approximately 30-second elapsed time for first large production run
- Manageability: Streamlined administration and support of the information exchange function by hosting the entire process within the ClearPath environment
- Security: Ensured mainframe-class security by hosting student loan processing on a single ClearPath server, and eliminated the need for a separate server running the Microsoft® Windows® operating system