Faculty: ISIS almost ready

The first stages are over and the Integrated Student Information System is “on the verge of full implementation,” David Moon, associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, told Faculty Assembly members at their March 12 meeting.

The ISIS project, underway since late 2007, will replace the current student information system, Moon said, beginning an overview of what the campus may expect of this process.

Students applying for summer 2010 classes will be the last group registering on the old system. Students applying for fall 2010 and subsequent classes will register through ISIS. Since ISIS is the only procedure available to the new applicants, Moon said, UCCS administrators expect no complications for them. Current students who have used the old system and must now use ISIS will have to be aware of changes. Moon told UCCS faculty they need to be ready to remind their students and guide them to assistance..

ISIS provides a new student recruitment portal in which prospective students create an account online at go.uccs.edu. There, they may apply for admission, financial aid, scholarships, and receive other information. A similar portal provided for current student access to address their specific needs is “imminent,” Moon said, and will be functional before the April 26 fall registration date.

There will be some impact on faculty, Moon said, but changes should be minimal. The biggest noticeable difference will be replacing three-digit course identification numbers with four-digit numbers. In most cases an additional zero is the only change. Class rosterswill be available and printed as they have been in the past. Changes and frequently asked questions will be posted on the campus website, possibly accessed through the My CU portal.

Moon said ISIS was designed to combine effective aspects of various learning management systems, and will be worth the effort when implementation is complete. ISIS and other management systems will more effectively communicate and share information.

As with any new system or process, campus community members will become familiar, comfortable and adept in time, Moon said. He assured the group that administrators and the ISIS task force are making every possible effort for a smooth transition, and will keep the campus updated.

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