Volume 9, Number 8 November 30, 2001

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Seeking solutions for a new student information system

A number of members of the Steering Committee and the Analysis Team of ‘Project Si!’, the Student Information: Needs & Options project, spent a half-day Nov. 21 in a College of Commerce meeting room reviewing and evaluating the various options for development of a new student information system for the University.  Dan Chong, of Gartner Consulting, standing, led committee members through a workshop format to facilitate the review.  A shortlist of two or three options is being hammered out, and will be presented to the Board of Governors in December — with a final recommendation to be made to the Board in February.  Members pictured are, from left: Project Director Lea Pennock (Registrar’s Office), Chong, Lynne Pearson (Commerce), Bob Elliott (Financial Services), Ed Pokraka (Information Technology Services), Ken Smith (Registrar’s Office), and Darrell Broughton (ITS).  Elliott and Broughton are members of the Analysis Team and the others are members of the Steering Committee.  Also, Pearson, Pokraka and Smith are chairs of the project’s Academic, Technical and Functional Advisory Committees, respectively.   Steering Committee members not shown are: Michael Atkinson (VP Academic), Tony Whitworth (VP Finance & Resources), Laura Kennedy (Assoc. VP Financial Svcs.), Richard Schick (Registrar’s Office), Vera Pezer (Assoc. VP Student Svcs.), Doug MacLean (Mathematics & Statistics), Hans Michelmann (Arts & Science), Howie Wall (Audit Svcs.) and Rick Bunt (Assoc. VP Info. & Communications Technology).  Analysis Team members not shown are: Chris Sherban (ITS), Mark Lucas (Registrar’s Office), Ken Glover (ITS), and Mike McGillivray (Audit Svcs.)  The Project Si! teams have carried out an extensive needs analysis on campus since July and are considering ways to develop a Student Information System that will accommodate the varied needs across the University.  The current system is 15 years old and is threatened with obsolescence because some of its components are no longer supported by suppliers.

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