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I am pleased to announce significant milestones recently reached in the GeneSIS project, RIT’s initiative to replace its legacy student information systems with an enterprise system. RIT has officially launched the first publicly available piece of the new student information system: the Fall 2012 Class Search page. Students can now visit to access a more robust Class Search to plan for the Fall 2012 quarter and find the classes that best suit their needs. I encourage you to view the visual tour of the new Class Search that explains all of the new features that users can take advantage of.

The first portion of the new SIS was launched with great success in October. The initial launch allowed RIT’s scheduling officers to build the Fall 2012 schedule of classes and course catalog. In January the GeneSIS project team successfully linked the new SIS RIT’s financial aid system, ProSAM. In February RIT will launch the recruiting and admissions portions of the SIS, including a Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system for managing prospects. These components of the new SIS will introduce new tools for RIT’s three admissions offices to recruit and admit the freshman class of 2013.

All of this work is setting the foundation for the project’s largest launch in April 2012. In April the GeneSIS project team will complete configuration of the Student Records and Student Financials portions of the system. This third launch will introduce new online centers for students, faculty, and advisors to access important academic information in a central location, and will also allow students to use the new SIS to register for Fall 2012 classes starting in late April. The third launch also sets the stage for students to use the new SIS to access their student financials accounts at the beginning of the new fiscal year in July. There will be training and tutorials available for advisors, students, and faculty beginning in February to prepare the campus to use new tools and take advantage of the system’s new capabilities.

The project team has been working extremely hard at a rigorous pace to build a system that will serve RIT for many years to come. The new SIS will be an important asset to the university that will support the semester conversion and set the foundation to transform our current services into extraordinary capabilities to engage prospective candidates, increase student success, and build lifetime relationships with alumni and other university constituents. We will continue to provide you updates about the project via the GeneSIS website. If you have any questions or comments about the project, please submit them to the Ask GeneSIS page.

James H. Watters
Senior Vice President and Treasurer
Finance & Administration

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