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SIS replacement on schedule, under budget

The university remains on target to replace its aging Student Information System (SIS) with PeopleSoft's Campus Solutions for the 2011 academic year. 

According to program director Shelley Ruff, admissions staff and prospective students will begin using PeopleSoft as soon as August 2010, when the university starts processing student applications for Summer 2011. Financial Aid will come online in late fall 2010, with Student Records and Student Financials following closer to the start of summer 2011.

The new SIS will include self-service interfaces that allow students, faculty and advisors to access admissions, academic records, student financial accounts, and financial aid in a single location.  The system also will feature near real-time performance and expanded hours, with users being able to access the system after 7 p.m.

The overall project remains on track, said Chief Information Officer Brice Bible.  

"As I noted during the Board meeting in April, we’ve had to overcome delays in finalizing some procurements and allocating some resources, but our timeline is good," Bible said.

The project also is under budget for its first year. At the most recent meeting of the SIS Advisory Board on May 25, Ruff noted that the project was slightly below its estimated bond expenditure and that she expects the project to meet its overall budget targets.

The SIS replacement is one of several major IT improvements currently under way at the university, including a network upgrade, a new e-mail and calendar system for faculty, staff and graduate students, a new faculty/staff voicemail system, and a comprehensive realignment of departmental IT services and servers.