Student System Users Prepare for a "Banner" YearMarch 1, 2003
by Becky King
"Change is good. You go first." - Dilbert
Much has been accomplished. With the help of trainers and consultants from SCT, the project team and other staff within their departments have learned a new graphical interface, new system terminology, a new technical infrastructure, and new process flows. Thousands of data fields in the old student system have been mapped to fields in the Banner system. Hundreds of thousands of historical and current data records related to prospects, applicants, students and courses have been and continue to be loaded from the old to the new system. Training classes on navigation within the Banner SIS have been ongoing over the past months. The process of establishing new system logins for all users of the old system is in progress.
Where are we now?
What's happening next?
Additionally, for faculty, advisors, and administrative assistants in academic departments, there will be separate links on the Web site for PAWS, ChairSIS, and ClassRoll for this summer and fall. The new versions of these applications have been created to access the Banner SIS with minimal changes. Users of these systems should have no trouble with the transition to the new versions of these applications.
Also, this spring, fall housing room assignments will be accomplished in the Banner SIS. Then, this summer, the Cashier's Office will be "live" in the new system and will produce fall invoices from Banner. By then, Student Financial Aid will be completely converted to the new system as well. Finally, during the fall of 2003, use of a new degree audit system will begin.
BUBBA has been a long, hard project and there is still much work to be done. The campus has been using the old system since 1987. Many offices have built their work processes around the structure of that system. The change to Banner - while bringing an improved infrastructure and interface, better vendor support, and easier access by other applications and services - will require adjustments of these processes in addition to the learning of a very different look and feel. In the long run, the benefits of this change will be apparent through both improved services provided and greater flexibility in response to new requests.
"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory" - W. Edwards Deming
Any questions about the new Banner SIS should be directed to Sue Herring at extension 8836.