QUASR townhall attendees get preview of new system
Almost 200 people packed two town hall meetings over the past week to get a first look at the new Queen’s University Administrative Systems Replacement (QUASR) project system for student administration.
According to the QUASR Student Project Manager, Rick Palmer, the software will help transform university administration.
Mr. Palmer describes the three-year project, now in its sixth month, as a major undertaking that involves Finance, Research, Human Resources and Student systems. It will require over 250,000 working hours, the equivalent to 125 years of effort. In the Student area, it will support more than 50,000 student applications to over 1,100 academic program combinations and will help manage $120 million in tuition fees and other payments each year.
The software will replace the current aging system with modern integrated solutions.
It promises to enhance the delivery of services, including those in the Student area, such as recruitment, admission, financial aid and student record administration, while simplifying and streamlining processes.
"The new system will create opportunity," says Jo-Anne Brady, University Registrar. "We can take advantage of these opportunities to really transform and modernize, making administration easier for staff and students."
A demonstration by QUASR team member Sue Blake, gave participants the opportunity to become acquainted with the look and feel of the new software. A walk-through of several common applications illustrated many of PeopleSoft’s user-friendly features.
Reaction regarding the transition from some participants at the session has been positive. "Everyone is looking forward to it," says Patti Evans, who works in admissions and registration for the Faculty of Law. "We know it’s going to be a learning curve but in the end it’s going to be a great product."
Prior to the launch, users will undergo comprehensive training to ease into the transition.
Admission and financial aid functions are projected to go live in October 2010 followed by student records and student financial modules in February 2011. Other modules will be implemented in September 2011.
For more information about QUASR, visit the QUASR website. If you have a specific question or concern contact the QUASR team directly.