Mason Partners with SCT Banner to Integrate Systems

Posted: August 13, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Colleges and universities of every size and shape are moving their administrative information systems toward integrated open server technology. George Mason has embraced this strategy and is moving forward with the conversion of its finance and human resources systems to SCT Banner software.

“The university is fortunate to be entering a relationship with a vendor who is committed to partnership, service, and innovation,” says Beth Brock, assistant vice president and controller, Fiscal Services. “SCT is the leader in providing administrative applications to colleges and universities, with more than 1,000 institutions across the country using Banner.”

The experience of changing computing environments across an institution could be the largest single change experienced by the university community in years, says Brock. There will be an enormous impact on daily routines, but the project will bring the flexibility to develop and offer programs that merge the electronic needs of faculty, staff, and students. These technological capabilities are also the means that allow an institution to change its business practices, advance customer satisfaction, and increase productivity. The timetable calls for the finance system to go live on July 1, 2002, followed by the human resources and student systems. There is also the potential to integrate alumni-development, facilities management, and space planning systems.

Upgrading George Mason’s administrative systems to Banner applications will require extensive effort by staff in many functional areas at the university. Executive, steering, and coordinating committees have been established, as well as working groups with members from all walks of university life. Brock has been named project manager. Carrie Gillotte, director of application systems, University Computing and Information Systems (UCIS), is deputy project manager. Several Fiscal Services, Human Resources, and technical staff members will be assigned to the project on a full-time basis. Budget and Sponsored Programs staff members also will play key roles in designing and implementing the system. The group will be located in Pohick Module on the Fairfax Campus.

“The Banner project team is excited about this phase of the process, and we look forward to providing updates to the Mason community,” says Brock. A web site has been developed to help disseminate information, generate ideas for improvements, and share experiences, needs, and expectations. Questions and comments should be addressed to Ron Keister, executive systems analyst, UCIS, at x33093 or rkeister@gmu.edu.

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