April 4, 2012
With the Admissions portion of OneCarolina slated to go live this summer, the project remains on schedule as we head into spring.
Teams representing the University’s Student, Financial Aid, and Accounts Receivable areas have been busy testing the Banner software, which will serve as the backbone for the project, and training their employees to use the new systems.
“I have been very encouraged by the level of commitment and dedication shown by the team,” said OneCarolina Project Director Bob Swab. “Nobody was satisfied when we made the decision to delay implementation of the Admissions portion of the project last year, but I think we’re all encouraged by what we’re seeing as things come together in 2012.”
Swab pointed to a few reasons as to why things are shaping much better than they were one year ago.
“For one thing, we’ve hired close to 20 people to help us get where we need to go. A lot of these new additions have experience with Banner, which has allowed them to get acclimated quickly and start contributing,” he said.
He also noted that, in January and early February, all of the Banner environments were reinstalled by the vendor, SunGard. This was done to ensure that the database was stable, functional, and ready to support the ongoing activities of the project.
So what’s next?
This month, testing of the Admissions and Financial Aid modules will begin.
In layman’s terms, the OneCarolina testing process involves teams deciding which parts of the system they want to see operate in a real-world scenario – this usually involves a critical process or something that will affect a large number of users. For example, in Admissions this can be something like ensuring the application for new students is designed to accurately collect the information that’s needed for Admissions officials to make acceptance decisions.
Admissions testing is scheduled for the next several months, leading up to implementation in July.