It is my pleasure to inform you of the University’s official selection for our new Academic Information System (AIS). After an in-depth and collaborative process that included stakeholder interviews, product demonstrations, and deep analysis, the Oversight Committee has made the recommendation to purchase Oracle Campus Solutions (PeopleSoft). The executive sponsors of the project concur, and this January the first phase of this multi-year project will begin. The executive sponsors of the AIS replacement project are myself, Dean John Boyer, Provost Eric Isaacs, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement Jim Nondorf, and Vice President for Operations and CFO Rowan Miranda.
This project has been years in the making. Driving the effort is the vision of a transformative new system that will bolster graduate education, facilitate strategic planning, and consolidate existing systems to improve the user experience of faculty, students, and staff. Over the next several months, we will map our current business processes against the functions and capability of the PeopleSoft software to build preliminary process prototypes and identify gaps. During this time, our advisory committee partners will begin meeting, and they will be critical to the process.
The executive sponsors have also assembled a forward-thinking project team possessing broad knowledge of the University and its current business processes. As the University steps into the next generation of Academic Information Systems, the guidance of the team will be invaluable to the success of the project.
Assisting the project team during phase one will be the consulting firm Sierra-Cedar Inc., which has partnered with many of our peer institutions in their academic information system implementations. As the University begins this process, the guidance Sierra-Cedar can provide will be vital to the project’s success.
The governance structure of the project will continue to include the cross-functional Oversight Committee, as well as advisory groups representing the faculty, academic administrators, and students.
Karen Warren Coleman
Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services