Banner Student System Baseline to Be Implemented in 2004

Posted: October 1, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Staff members in the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Learning Support Services, Technology Systems, the Provost, and the Registrar have been working feverishly for the past year to build the web-based student component of the Banner university-wide computing system. Workflow has been mapped, analyzed, and modified. New tables have been created, and existing tables have been modified. New hardware has been installed. Four new releases of the system and various patches have been installed. Biographic and demographic data on all past and present Mason students have been converted to the new system.

The new Banner Web Application for Admission went live on Monday, Sept. 22. The data from this application flows directly into the new student system and this information creates the beginning of a computerized record for all new undergraduate students to the university. Once the student has been accepted and in turn has accepted the offer of admission, this record then becomes the purview of the Registrar’s Office. All other offices on campus that need to have this information will be able to access the data.

Linda Schwartzstein, vice provost for Academic Affairs and Patriot Project director, offered her congratulations to the staff members responsible for this new service: “The Banner Student System is incredibly complex and the conversion to this new system is requiring a huge investment of staff time and energy. I am proud and grateful for the collaborative efforts between the student services offices and the information technology units that are helping make this crucial project a success.”

When the system is fully implemented students will complete several tasks online: search for classes and register; add and drop classes; pay bills and check account balances; view unofficial transcripts, course schedules, and the catalog; download financial-aid forms, estimate eligibility, and search for scholarships; and many other processes which are now accomplished through paper, telephone, or having to see a specific person.

The undergraduate admissions web application is just the first in a series of installations that will go live on the Banner Student System during the next 12 months. To help facilitate a smooth transition for students, faculty, and staff, the Office of the Provost has hired Marcelle Heerschap, the previous dean of Admissions at Mason, as the Banner liaison to work with all constituencies involved in this process. For more information or concerns about the project, contact Heerschap at or (703) 993-8741.

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