Campus: CSU, Chico -- April 03, 2001
Web-based Portal To Begin Delivering Campus
Services Next Fall
A World Wide Web-based portal that provides online services customized
for students, faculty and staff will be launched next fall at California
State University, Chico.
The portal will allow students, faculty and staff to get information
and do transactions with different computer platforms without going
through separate log-in processes. From a single sign-on, campus community
members will be able to register for classes, check records, use e-mail,
access a personalized calendar and perform other functions when the
portal is fully operational.
Portal users will also receive campus news and information as well as
personalized information, such as club meeting notifications, based
on their own preferences. Each user will be able to tailor some features
of the portal to fit their interests similar to portals used by companies
such as Yahoo! and Netscape.
CSU, Chico alumni will also be able to access Web-based services such
as signing up for a CSU, Chico e-mail address and joining the alumni
association through the portal. These alumni services are expected to
launch in early 2002.
The university will use a combination of products from software companies
SCT, WebCT and Campus Pipeline to create an integrated platform of information
systems that portal users will access. The portal's initial release
date will be early fall 2001, with additional features released over
the 2001/2002 academic year. Campus Pipeline has worked with 65 other
colleges and universities to create portals.
The university portal will be independent of the university's Web pages
and will not replace its functions. Use of the portal will not be mandatory
for students, faculty and staff. Existing services, such as phone-based
registration for classes, will not be halted once the portal begins
offering duplicate services.
While some other university portals have advertising, there will be
none on CSU, Chico's, though some links from the portal to Campus Pipeline
may lead to pages with advertising.
"The portal is a very exciting concept, as it will bring together
personalized information for all members of the campus community from
a single sign-on," said Bill Post, CSU, Chico chief technology
Post said the administrative services available to portal users, such
as students registering for classes or faculty posting grades, will
make using the portal extremely attractive.
"Many commercial portals are known for personalized news, entertainment
and information. The campus portal will have those features, plus it
will provide simple and useful access to learning systems and academic
administrative services," Post said.