PeopleSoft Implementation Hits Milestone for CSU

(April 26, 2002) The California State University has reached a major milestone in the implementation of its new administrative systems project with the introduction of PeopleSoft's 8.0 software. This means greatly enhanced capability for students, faculty and staff. Major benefits include improved access to information for student advising, financial aid, admissions, transcripts and a host of administrative transactions.

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 8.0 release for student administration and human resources management. Additionally, Fresno State was the first higher education institution to implement the PeopleSoft Campus Portal that enables a seamless gateway to web-based self-service.

As part of the PeopleSoft "Early Success" program, the CSU received early access to the PeopleSoft human resources and student administration 8.0 software. 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. These two events mark the first in the series of stages that will take the pilot campuses to full student administration implementation by September 2002.

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. All CSU campuses will be live on a full suite of PeopleSoft human resources, financial, and student administration software by 2006.

According to Bernie Vinovrski, assistant vice president for enrollment services and executive sponsor for the project at Fresno, the achievement has nationwide significance.

"We are one of four universities in the country with the web-based PeopleSoft student administration in place," said Vinovrski. "We are right on track with our 18-month implementation schedule that is half of the 36-month schedule that has been experienced elsewhere."

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 made largely because of the flexibility of the PeopleSoft product. The 8.0 release will provide web access and self-service functionality to system users.

"We are very pleased to provide these new student administration services over the web. This will allow our students and faculty to spend less time on administrative transactions and more time learning and teaching," said Sonoma State University President Ruben Armiņana.

CSU is working with Cedar Consulting on the student administration 8.0 implementation and with Io Consulting, working under contract with KPMG, on the human resources 8.0 upgrade. "Both of these companies have provided high-quality, indispensable services to this HRSA 8.0 project," said Hilary Baker, senior director of CMS for the CSU system.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu.

More information about the CMS project can be found at cms.calstate.edu. The website provides links to campus sites about their individual CMS implementations.

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, cbentley-adler@calstate.edu, 562-951-4801 or Patricia Cuocco, pcuocco@calstate.edu, 562-951-4252

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Last Updated: 26 April 2002

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