Apr 18, 2011
By Sean O'Malley
It has been said that change is inevitable and during spring quarter at Ohio University it is in the air. And in our systems … even in our schedules.
Over the next several weeks students, faculty and staff will be learning about multiple transitions that will be beneficial, even though they may cause some anxiety in the process … changes usually do.
Information can be an antidote to some of the unease, therefore, this new series will be published in Compass every week to help keep the campus community updated as the Rufus Initiative rolls out new, consolidated ways to provide and access services, some academic policies--approved last year-- become effective with summer quarter, and the quarters to semesters transition continues to reveal what our university will look like under the future calendar.
The information covered each week will focus on a specific topic and connect the reader with more details about that subject. The purpose of the series is to concisely inform about what you need to know and what you need to do in relation to these transitions.
So, bring on the change. You will be prepared. You know it. Now do it.
In the coming weeks, many OHIO students will get their first taste of the university's new SIS when they log in to check on their financial aid applications for the coming school year.
For 2011-12 aid applications, students will use the Student Center portion of My OHIO instead of the My Fin.Aid website.
According to the Office of Student Financial Aid, students who filed a 2011-12 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) who need to submit additional information to the office can expect an e-mail in the coming weeks directing them to the My OHIO Student Center link. From there, they can log into PeopleSoft, the university's new SIS, to view the status of their application and any additional items that may be required.
Financial Aid staff have noted that some students already have discovered the Student Center link within My OHIO; however, Student Center will not allow students to log in until their FAFSA information is ready.
My OHIO, a customizable website that presents visitors with personalized information when they log in, has been available since the university began accepting 2011-12 admission applications last summer; however, usage up to this point has been primarily
by applicants. With the start of the 2011-12 financial aid process, current student logins should increase dramatically.
Along with university news feeds and announcements, My OHIO offers students a view of their CatMail inbox and Blackboard courses. As the new SIS comes online, students also will be able to use My OHIO to register for classes and view their account balances.
To learn more about the new SIS, visit www.ohio.edu/rufus
Faculty, staff and students with a valid OHIO ID can see for themselves what My OHIO looks like by visiting my.ohio.edu