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I would like to share an update on the progress of the GeneSIS project, RIT’s initiative to replace its legacy student information systems (SIS) with an enterprise system. In April RIT successfully launched the third portion of the new SIS, which introduced self-service components for students, faculty, advisors, and academic support staff. Students began using the new SIS to enroll in Fall 2012 classes on Tuesday, April 24th and, to date, 9,460 students have enrolled over 42,000 classes, which is on par with enrollment figures from previous years.

This system launch would not have been possible without a high degree of commitment and active engagement from the entire campus. Over 2,500 students, faculty, and staff attended one of over 50 training sessions we offered prior to the launch, and hundreds of people actively sought help through our in-person support sessions, emails, social media, and other means of support. Through active communication with the RIT community we have been able to correct problems quickly and identify improvements for the future. Your participation made this transition run smoother than anticipated.

The project team is now focusing its efforts on the fourth system launch in July which will fully integrate student financial accounts with the new system. Beginning in July, which marks the start of RIT’s new fiscal year, Student Financial Services will use the new SIS to bill students for tuition, fees, room and board. Interfaces from/to other systems such as StarRez (housing and dining), ProSam (financial aid), and Oracle Financials/HR (general ledger, HR tuition waivers, student refunds) will be operational. Students will be advised to take action to grant parents and other third-parties access to their financial accounts through the new SIS, even if they had access in the previous system. This process will work similar to the way it did in the past, but parents and third parties will now have their own RIT Computer Accounts.

The project team will continue to engage representatives from across campus through monthly meetings with our Change Agent Network of over 50 students, faculty, staff, and administrators. We encourage you to direct your input about the project through these groups. We will continue to provide you updates about the project via the GeneSIS website, and if you have any questions or comments about the project, please submit them to the Ask GeneSIS page.

I hope you have a good summer and congratulations to all graduating students from the class of 2012.

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

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