Modernizing the Student Information System

11/18/2003

Contributed by Tom Torello

The College has initiated a review of the current student administrative system with the goal of providing the IC community with a quality of service that lives up to our vision to be the standard of excellence among comprehensive institutions.

A study team has been created to:

The study team has been charged with a mission to
"prepare and implement a plan for modernization of Ithaca's student information systems and services that, through its design and service improvements, will significantly propel Ithaca toward its goal to become the standard of excellence among comprehensive colleges. The systems solution must be capable of embracing new and future technologies, be readily upgradeable, integrate well with other information systems, and enable the highest quality of service to all College constituencies to attract, enroll, house, teach, retain, communicate, build and sustain a relationship with students and maintain records related to their education and campus experience."
The implementation of a new student information system will affect nearly every member of the Ithaca College community. Your input in this process is valuable. To that end, there will be every effort made to keep the College community informed of the process as it unfolds. This notice is the first of a series of updates that will be provided. There also will be a website available with up-to-the-minute status information about the study as it progresses. In addition, the project team plans to conduct a series of public forums for students, faculty, and staff to explain the plans for accomplishing this challenging mission and, also, to solicit suggestions for improved services from a broad section of the College community.

A project organization has been defined and approved that includes an executive committee, a steering committee, and several functional teams to represent the various facets of constituent services: admission, registration, financial aid, student financials, and residential life/student judiciary. The members of the committees are listed below. In addition, a consulting firm, Kaludis Consulting, has been retained to assist the College with the study.

To date, the project committees and teams have met and prepared a project schedule for delivery of the recommendations for the best approach to accomplish the defined mission. The recommendations will include a project implementation plan with details of the time, cost, and human resources required to secure a new and improved student administrative system. This recommendation and detailed action plan will be completed in May of 2004 so that implementation efforts can be initiated by June.

Any questions about this process can be directed to the chair of the steering committee, Larry Metzger.

SIS Executive Committee

SIS Steering Committee

Admissions
Jean Kirkpatrick -- Systems Manager
Margaret (Margie) Mikula -- Manager Processing Operations
Valerie Lawrence -- Information Processing Supervisor
Joan Hurley -- Assistant Director of Admission for Electronic Communication
Nicole Eversley Bradwell -- Senior Assistant Director
Holly Tavelli -- Associate Director
Duane Corbin, Institutional Research

Registrar
Lorie Holmes-VanDusen -- Assistant Registrar
Steve Vizvary -- Student Information Systems Specialist
Mary Knuutila -- Assistant to the Registrar
Chris Knauer -- Registrar
Claire Powers, Institutional Research

Financial Aid
Jill Moreland -- Associate Director
Julie Hickman-Godoy -- Senior Assistant Director (alternate)
Larry Chambers -- Director
Candy Ross -- Assistant to the Director
David Bennett -- Information Systems Manager
Yuko Mulugetta, Institutional Research

Student Financials
Terri Reyna -- Assistant to the Bursar
Carol Bradley (alternate) -- Associate Bursar
Becky Best -- Operations Assistant
Dave Bennett -- Information Systems Manager
Larry Chambers -- Financial Aid Director
Lynn Eastman -- Financial Services Director
Yuko Mulugetta, Institutional Research

Residential Life and Judicial Affairs
Dan Gockley -- Assistant Director for Operations
Bonnie Solt Prunty -- Director of Residential Life
Mike Leary -- Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs
Jen Richardson -- Coordinator of Housing Services
Jenny Pickett -- Coordinator of Residential Services
Camille Scharf -- Administrative Assistant, Judicial Affairs

Technical and Infrastructure Team
Rick Chandler, Director -- Information Systems and Services
Chris Davie -- Application Development
Harriett Marisa / Pete Zabawsky -- Data Base Adm.
Mike Ferris / Jeremy Taylor -- System Administration
Steve Lane -- Desktop Support
Wendy Pearle -- User Support
Benjamin Costello -- Web Services
Bill Weeks -- Network Administration
Dave Weil / Lesli LaRocco
Phil Cowell -- Security

Contributed by Tom Torello

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