November 12, 2012
After months of discussions, Self Service Carolina has been confirmed as the official name of the online, web-based system students will use to manage their financial aid information and register for classes beginning in the spring of 2013.
The name was finalized recently after project and university officials sorted through over 20 possible options. Almost every school that uses Banner, the software platform on which Self Service Carolina will operate, name its system something different. Some use variations on the school mascot, some incorporate school colors, whereas others place an emphasis on local or regional hallmarks. There are even some schools that elect to simply keep Banner as the name.
The University of South Carolina, on the other hand, was faced with a unique challenge: because the system will serve students, faculty, and staff at every USC campus and school – many of which don’t share the Gamecock mascot or the Columbia campus’ colors of garnet and black – it had to be evocative of how the system works while, at the same time, appropriate for the tens of thousands of users who will be using the system on a daily basis.
“The name embodies what the online system will actually do – serve its users. The switch from VIP to Self Service Carolina will represent a profound improvement,” said Bob Swab, OneCarolina’s project director.
More information on Self Service Carolina will be distributed beginning in January.