Banner Blue and Gray to replace Student Access

Students just got an email (after the jump) from Provost James O’Donnell about Banner Blue and Gray, the system that’s supposed to replace Student Access and Faculty Access. This is a wise move on Georgetown’s part, as Student Access was so old and pop-uppy:

In the next several months we plan to “go-live” with the components necessary to support creation of the schedule of classes, registration, financial aid processing, student billing, grading, and production of transcripts for all three campuses, planning to be in full operation by fall 2009.

To all Main Campus students:

I write with some good news.

As was reported in the Hoya on October 24, for two years now, a University-wide team of stalwarts has been building a new student information system, one that will provide us with the toolkit we need to do our business recording, processing, and reporting on the academic careers of our students. The new Banner Blue and Gray (the name of the project installing the commercial Banner Student and Financial Aid systems) will replace our old student information system (SIS-Plus) and some associated homegrown tools in Faculty Access+, and Student Access+. Many new services and much greater ease of use of systems will come from this transformation.

The first major milestone has been reached: we have begun to use the Admissions module of the Banner System to process applications to the Graduate School and the Medical School and to record the processing of undergraduate applications. I appreciate and applaud the hard and careful work that has brought us to this point.

In the next several months we plan to “go-live” with the components necessary to support creation of the schedule of classes, registration, financial aid processing, student billing, grading, and production of transcripts for all three campuses, planning to be in full operation by fall 2009. This will involve considerable effort in the deans’ offices, financial aid offices, registrars’ offices, Student Accounts and University Information Services (UIS) over and above to their usual work load. I can imagine that this will be a stressful time for all who work to serve us in thos eoffices and I ask for your understanding and support of these offices through the transition phase which is scheduled to run until next October.

The leadership of this project includes University Registrar and Assistant Provost John Pierce, Chief Information Officer David Lambert, and Project Director Carrie Gillotte. If you have questions about the project please contact one of them or write to me at provost@georgetown.edu.

With best wishes for the last weeks of term,

James J. O’Donnell
Professor of Classics
Provost

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