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GeneSIS Project Update

  • The entire GeneSIS project team welcomes all new RIT students, who began moving in this week, returning students and faculty, and new faculty and staff who have joined our community. We wish you all the best as you begin an exciting new year at RIT.
  • The first portion of the new SIS will launch in just 47 days. While the general RIT population won’t use or access the new SIS until March, the first two portions of the SIS introduced in October and December will change business processes for scheduling officers, the Registrar’s office, RIT’s three admissions departments, and the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. When the first piece of the new SIS launches in October, RIT’s scheduling officers will begin using the system to build the 2012-13 course catalog and schedule of classes. The project team has begun extensive testing on this portion of the system, which will continue throughout September. Quickly following this first launch will be a second in December, which will introduce new tools for RIT’s admissions departments to recruit the 2013 freshman class. Portions of the system that support transactions for the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will also launch in December. To view a full list of SIS launch dates, visit the project timeline.
  • An Introduction to PeopleSoft training course will soon be available for RIT staff who will handle functional business process in the new SIS. It is a suggested pre-requisite for RIT employees before using administrative functions of the new system. Topics include: a system overview, login, navigation, creating favorites, searching, setting user defaults, effective dating, academic structure, and new terminology. The course will be offered as a self-paced online video and will eventually also be available as an instructor-led training session for staff members who prefer training in a face-to-face setting. More information about the course will be sent out in September. Staff who will begin to use the system for our first launch in October have already had many hours of functional training specific to their jobs. The Introduction to People Soft course will provide a first look at the system and its functionality for users who have not been trained to date.
  • The next Change Agent Network meeting will take place on September 9th and will feature presentations from GeneSIS project team members about the admissions components of the new SIS, how the University IDs will be tied to the new SIS, and Campus Community—the portion of the system that houses information about all users in the SIS. The Change Agent Network has continued to grow over the summer; the GeneSIS project team reached out to RIT’s system administrators in August, and several have joined the Change Agent Network. To find out who represents your area, click here to view the Change Agent Network roster.

Questions from the Ask GeneSIS Mailbox

Each month we’ll answer questions about the GeneSIS project asked by RIT students, faculty, and staff. If you have a question about the GeneSIS project, please visit the Ask GeneSIS page.

  • Q: Will the new SIS replace Tiger Tracks as well?
    • A: The new SIS will eventually replace Tiger Tracks with a new integrated degree audit tool that will allow all RIT students to check their progress towards graduation in real time. This portion of the new SIS is scheduled to go live in September 2012. The degree audit functionality will be built to serve students in the semester system. Students in the transition from quarters to semesters will have individual advisor plans to help guide them toward graduation.