Since December 2018, the Student Information System (SIS) Modernization Project has been working to modernize MSU’s legacy SIS and connected systems to bring campus a new SIS that will personalize the student experience, manage complex financial aid and business processes, and provide new analytics and metrics tools.
MSU’s legacy SIS was built in the early 1990s and constitutes a mainframe system with over 400 connected auxiliary systems. This landscape has contributed to a disjointed experience for students and the staff who serve them, as well as presenting challenges in ongoing maintenance. MSU is replacing the legacy SIS with Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, a platform utilized by over 700 institutions of higher education, including eight in the Big Ten, as well as Oracle Student Financial Planning for the financial aid arm of the new SIS. All this work will help situate MSU’s technological infrastructure for the future needs of the university while offering students modern resources and tools for success.
Over the course of the SIS Project’s implementation timeline, a multitude of new tools for staff and students will become available. One major focus has been the development of advising tools for students and their advisors to plan and track degree progress, and since late 2020, students have been accessing some of these new features. Providing students with a single platform for their degree planning activities affords them much more time with advisors discussing progress on their degree, rather than spending time navigating between systems to get a full picture of their status.
With the advising tools currently available in the new SIS, students can
use the integrated Advising and Tutoring Appointment System to schedule appointments with an advisor or tutor,
run an Academic Requirements Report (Degree Audit) to get a snapshot of current degree progress, and
plot out multi-year course plans with the Planner tool.
Click on the image below to take a closer look at some of these tools and how students and advisors can use them.
The Academic Advising and Tutoring Appointment System, Degree Audit and Planner are just a few pieces of functionality the SIS Project team has been working to bring to campus, and only a few elements of how students and staff will be interacting with SIS.
Coming next Monday, March 1, even more tools for the campus community will be available. Staff in academic advising, financial aid and student records will be accessing new functions to assist in their service to students, including matriculation activities, financial aid packaging, and enhancements to the Advising and Tutoring Appointment System. When enrollment for Academic Year 2021 – 2022 begins in April, students will be conducting their enrollment in SIS at student.msu.edu. And for the first time, they will be able to complete their fall 2021, spring 2022 and summer 2022 enrollment simultaneously. To explore class offerings for AY 2021 – 2022, visit the publicly accessible Class Search at student.msu.edu/search.
The SIS Modernization Project is bringing exciting changes to campus and how MSU students and staff complete their work. While a large portion of the Project work is completed, some of the most notable elements are still to come, including enrollment. If you have any questions regarding the SIS Modernization Project or questions about the new SIS, contact the team at email@example.com. Be sure to explore resources and training available on the SIS website and visit sis.msu.edu/sishelp.html for guidance and information for users currently in the system.