The California State University Joins with PeopleSoft on Homeland Security

August 28, 2002 -- PeopleSoft Inc (Nasdaq: PSFT) has announced a program to address homeland security issues that includes implementation at the California State University system. PeopleSoft PASS (Patriot Act SEVIS Solution) will enable higher education institutions to comply with the federal mandate to track and report information regarding the status of foreign students in the United States.

"The California State University is committed to putting a system in place that will allow the CSU to comply with federal regulations regarding tracking foreign students. With more than 15,000 students from around the world studying at our 23 campuses, it is imperative that the system work for both the students and the universities," said California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Since CSU campuses already use Peoplesoft software, it makes sense for the CSU to be one of the first to adopt the new program."

"The solution we've introduced is part of a broader PeopleSoft initiative for homeland security," said Craig Conway, PeopleSoft's president and CEO. "If there was ever a time to use the technology advantage of this country to defend this country, that time is now.

PeopleSoft PASS Tracks Foreign Student Information

Each year, more than 500,000 foreign nationals enter the United States on student visas. There are approximately 200,000 foreign students who are currently unaccounted for. To address this issue, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) launched the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), an automated student tracking system. Beginning in January 2003, higher education institutions must track numerous foreign student "events" pertaining to their student status and regularly report changes to the INS.

PeopleSoft PASS will enable educational institutions to submit this critical information to the INS in real time, and will enable compliance by the mandated January 31, 2003, deadline. The first customers that will adopt PeopleSoft PASS include the California State University system; University of Wisconsin, Madison; Duke University; the University of Minnesota; and the University of Michigan.

"As a proven leader in higher education, PeopleSoft now has an opportunity to extend that leadership position to help customers meet the aggressive INS tracking requirements," said Peter Stokes, executive vice president of Eduventures. "With more than 650 higher education institutions currently using its solutions, PeopleSoft PASS can better equip those customers to comply with SEVIS regulations, leveraging real-time information drawn from current student administrative systems."

Contacts: Colleen Bentley-Adler, CSU, 562-951-4801, cbentley-adler@calstate.edu
Lisa Sion, PeopleSoft, 301-581-2228, lisa_sion@peoplesoft.com

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Last Updated: 28 August 2002

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