With a nod to the ancient poet, the new student information system has been officially named Homer. “We wanted a name that could be fun, easy to remember, and had some unique connection to the College,” said steering committee chair Chris Knauer.
The project had been called BASIC (Banner Administrative System at Ithaca College) for the past several months, but the steering committee felt that the name did not reflect the significant advancement in technology that the new system brings to our campus. "We considered a lot of other options, including more technical sounding names and acronyms, but in the end went with Homer because we wanted people to feel comfortable with the new system and to have some fun with it," said Knauer.
Homer will be a state-of-the-art administrative computing system that will integrate information from various functions of the college including admission, financial aid, residential life, and student information. It is a major investment in human and financial resources for the College aimed at providing the IC community with a quality of service that lives up to our vision to be the standard of excellence among comprehensive institutions.
Progress toward launching Homer is moving full speed ahead with teams assigned to the project working on programming, data conversion, and training. The admission module, the first of numerous components, is scheduled to go live in mid-September. Other modules such as registration, degree audit financial aid and residential life are slated for completion shortly thereafter. A complete project timeline, project details, and regular updates can be found at www.ithaca.edu/sis.
If you have any questions about Homer and the implementation process email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.