Banner re-coding effort to be a major push during holidays

December 15, 2011 | UToday
By Tobin J. Klinger

This holiday season, many University of Toledo employees will take advantage of this time to take vacation. However, several areas across campus will be using it as a period to focus on a behind-the-scenes effort that will have broad impact with the beginning of spring semester.

Between now and Dec. 31, several areas within the divisions of External Affairs, Finance and the Student Experience will be implementing a reorganization of the Banner system to reflect changes that were made last year to the structure of UT colleges.

Since the reorganization of the University’s college structure, departments have been continuing to utilize old coding for colleges in terms of courses, majors, financial aid, budget and other related systems. This practice will come to an end Monday, Jan. 9, as the testing phase is under way for implementation of a completely new code structure.

“The benefits of this effort may not seem obvious to some,” wrote President Lloyd Jacobs in a memo to the campus community. “Much of the work is behind the scenes and often goes overlooked. However, completion of this important task will streamline our processes in ways that will be of direct benefit to our students and the entire University.

“Our commitment to student-centeredness comes in many forms,” Jacobs added. “This re-coding effort is a prime example of how our dedication to creating an exemplary student experience supersedes nearly all else.”

The areas that are primarily working through the re-coding process are the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, Admission, the Treasurer’s Office, Residence Life and Auxiliary Services with Information Technology senior business analysts facilitating.

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