The University of Texas at Tyler has partnered with a UT System Shared Services project in order to enhance its current student information systems, Gregg Lassen, UT Tyler vice president for business affairs, announced.
UT Tyler is involved in The University of Texas System Shared Services North Texas Student Information System Implementation pilot project. Project TexSIS will replace the current student information systems at both UT Tyler and UT Dallas and upgrade UT Arlington’s current SIS system in a shared services environment. Project TexSIS will be one of the first and largest projects ever undertaken by UT System Shared Services.
The database system that will be used is PeopleSoft, an Oracle Database Management Systems product. The LEARN Network will be used to connect UT Tyler to help increase response time.
The implementation on UT Tyler’s campus has been named Patriots on PeopleSoft or POPS. POPS will be a two-year project with all areas being fully functional by Fall 2009. Marcos Veloz from Ciber, Inc. has been designated as UT Tyler’s implementation partner project manager.
“The success of the POPS project is directly related to the quality of collaboration not only between UT Arlington, UT Dallas and UT Tyler but also between the POPS Project Team, UT Tyler faculty, staff, students and Ciber Partners,” said Sharon Helms, UT Tyler’s information systems programming services assistant director, who serves as the technical project manager. “Getting the project done in addition to all the other regularly scheduled and expected work will be a challenge and will require the support and patience of everyone involved.”
The implementation will change the way the universities each serve students by providing web-based solutions and tools that improve the ability to access reliable, accurate, timely and stream-lined information.
Project TexSIS has given UT Tyler the opportunity to implement a student system that is tailored for higher education and includes many additional features such as recruiting and prospects tools. The system also provides better communication from the administrative offices to the students through a portal environment.
Updates regarding the project will be available through www.uttyler.edu.
“We will also hold meetings with various groups on campus and students regarding needs that PeopleSoft might be able to accommodate,” said Sherry Powell, UT Tyler student business services director, who also serves as the functional project manager.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.