University launches new student administration system
Last week Queen’s achieved another major milestone in the effort to transform administrative support for the university’s academic mission.
The transition to a new student administration system was successfully launched with four modules related to Admission, Financial Aid, Campus Community, and Academic Structure. It is the first stage in a series of implementations over the next several months that will gradually achieve a complete overhaul of the student administration system.
“We appreciate the tremendous complexity and challenges involved with this type of transition, especially as it comes at a time of much change for faculty and staff. But we know that, working together, we can see our way through to success,” says Bob Silverman, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) and co-chair of the Queen’s University Administrative Systems Replacement (QUASR) Executive Steering Committee. “Our confidence in the commitment and professionalism of the Queen’s community is well placed as we work through significant change.”
The first 100 users began using the new student system on Oct. 12. Training started Oct. 4 and continues past the launch. While the initial launch has gone smoothly, support systems are in place to help manage the inevitable hiccups that are always part of launching a new system. More information on support is available on the Office of the University Registrar’s website at: http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/index.html
Executive Committee co-chair Caroline Davis, VP (Finance & Administration), notes that Members of the committee have been closely anticipating the big step forward that Queen's is taking with the QUASR initiative.
“For Queen’s, this means we will have improved access to information, better consistency across departments, a reduction in risks and, over time, more effective services for students and faculty,” she said.
“We’d like to thank University Registrar Jo-Anne Brady for her leadership, the many contributions of the Advisory Committee and Student Advisory Committee, together with kudos for the QUASR Project Team, Student Project Manager Rick Palmer and all other members of the Queen’s community who have spent many hours on the effort to prepare for this launch. We’re delighted it has been accomplished with such success.”
The university will be following up this system launch with rollout of a new Human Resources system early in 2011 and a second major Student release in March 2011.