OneCarolina staff thanked at celebration event
When members of the OneCarolina team convened at Colonial Life Arena a few days before Thanksgiving break, it wasn't to reassess project scope, conduct a detailed risk analysis, or discuss staffing needs.
It was to take a breath.
With four pivotal implementations having gone live over the last two years and the first phase of the project scheduled to conclude later this month, it was a good time to take a moment to celebrate and reflect. After gathering in the McGuire Room inside Colonial Life Arena, more than 100 OneCarolina staff members were recognized and thanked by several prominent university leaders.
"Thank you for being part of the single largest business transformation project in the history of the University of South Carolina," Dr. Bill Hogue, chief information officer and OneCarolina executive sponsor, told staff. "You are part of something very historic."
Formally approved by the USC Board of Trustees in late 2009, OneCarolina kicked into gear in early 2010. Since then, four large implementations have gone live - admissions; financial aid; class records and registration; and bill payment - radically changing the way the university does business on a day-to-day basis. The web-based applications at the heart of OneCarolina allow students, faculty, and staff to easily perform many of the things essential to the university experience, like apply for admission and register for classes.
And while the project team was happy to celebrate OneCarolina's current successes, there remains quite a bit of work to be done. The project's next phase is scheduled to begin in January.
"To think where we came from is pretty remarkable," said Dr. Dennis Pruitt, vice provost and vice president of student affairs. "We've come a long way, but we all know we still have a lot of work to do."
After it starts in early 2014, Phase Two is scheduled to conclude in 2016. Work will include the transition of accounts payable, procurement, payroll, and human resources functionality to an online, self-service environment.