Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- June 10, 2002
CSU Stanislaus Prepares For PeopleSoft Implementation
California State University, Stanislaus is in the preparation stages
for implementation of a new administrative systems project adopted by
the CSU system that features the introduction of PeopleSoft's Web-based
The project encompasses the human resources, financial services, student
administration and advancement services functions on the CSU Stanislaus
Maithreyi Manoharan, Associate Vice President for Information Technology,
and Jim Hull, project director at CSU Stanislaus, said the new system,
scheduled for installation in phases over the next three years, will
enhance administrative transactions capability for students, faculty
Manoharan said replacing the current Web-based Banner system, installed
at CSU Stanislaus in 1994, with PeopleSoft would improve efficiency
and simplify the administrative records and reports process by providing
one common system for the CSU campuses. A readiness assessment process
in preparation for the installation startup at CSU Stanislaus began
in April. Manoharan said she is confident that her staff has the expertise
and experience to develop an appropriate plan for the University's administrative
"Providing these new student administrative services over the Web
will provide uniformity within the system and allow students electronic
access to the form process, rather than having to turn in paper forms,"
Hull noted that much of the hardware for the system will be centrally
located and maintained, reducing demand for additional computer space
on the CSU Stanislaus campus. Housing computers requires specialized
facilities and maintenance. He added that the new integrated system
should pave the way for additional improvements in the University's
electronic communication system with enrolled students as well as prospective
The opening phase of implementation of the system at CSU Stanislaus
will start with Human Resources module - the Payroll and Finance modules
will be phased in over the next two years. Target dates call for Human
Resources to be on line in July 2003 and the Payroll and Finance modules
going on line by July 2004. The Student Administration and Advancement
Services modules will be phased in to the new system in the years that
follow, with all 23 CSU campuses projected to be fully on line by 2006.
Three of the 23 CSU campuses -- Fresno, Sonoma, and the California Maritime
Academy -- are among the first institutions in the world to be using
PeopleSoft's most recent release of the Student Administration and Human
Resources management module. Moreover, Fresno State was the first higher
education institution to implement the PeopleSoft Campus Portal that
enables a seamless gateway to Web-based self-service.
The CSU enterprise software implementation, referred to internally as
Common Management Systems (CMS), is the largest in the history of higher
education. The decision to use the PeopleSoft suite of software was
a campus-led, system initiative involving committee recommendations
made largely because of the flexibility of the PeopleSoft product. PeopleSoft's
latest software release will provide web access and self-service functionality
to system users.
As part of the PeopleSoft "Early Success" program, the CSU
received early access to the PeopleSoft Human Resources and Student
Administration 8.0 software, the most recent release. On February 4,
Sonoma State and the California Maritime Academy became the first CSU
campuses to process enrollment applications and human resource transactions
using the new software. On February 19, the Fresno campus also began
processing human resources and student applications.
PeopleSoft human resources and financial modules are already in place
on 11 CSU campuses including the three campuses that are serving as
pilots for student administration. Manoharan said that CSU Stanislaus
should benefit from the implementation information and lessons learned
those campuses are able to provide.
More information about the CMS project can be found at http://cms.calstate.edu.
The website provides a link to the CSU Stanislaus implementation plan.
Contact: Don Hansen, 209-667-3391