Purdue Today

June 5, 2008

OnePurdue counts down to final Banner release

Comprising every new student system except financial aid (released in February), Banner Student, scheduled to launch this July, will be OnePurdue's fourth and final -- and most visible -- major software release.

Although Banner's official "go-live" date is July 7, it's a little more complicated than that, said Rita Clifford, the Enrollment and Student Affairs (ESA) team lead.

"Not all functions will be immediately available July 7. We'll be rolling out most of it over the course of the following two weeks," she said. (The Academic History and Degree Audit features will be released in October.)

There are three important dates to remember, Clifford said: July 3, 7 and 21.

Purdue North Central (PNC) also is implementing Banner.

 "PNC is an active partner in OnePurdue and will be going live in July with Banner," said Larry Barrett, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student services. "Its implementation schedule and functionality, however, is slightly different than that at West Lafayette." (For more information about Banner at PNC, contact Barrett at lbarrett@pnc.edu.)

At 5 p.m. July 3, just before the Independence Day holiday weekend, a "freeze" will be put on student-related business transactions at the West Lafayette campus, said University Registrar Bob Kubat. "At that point, we will no longer process anything for the fall semester under the old system." Registration for fall semester will stop, too, but will recommence July 21 -- using Banner.

From July 7 to July 21, Banner will be used primarily by staff in Admissions, Office of the Registrar, Enrollment and the Bursar's Office in West Lafayette, while the system undergoes final "validation."

This process will cover a number of last-minute checks, Clifford said, including verifying that the fall schedules were converted properly into the Banner system and that course information is accurate.

Banner training also is currently being planned, and information on how to register for classes should be available in early June, said Connie Bilyeu, director of training for ITaP Customer Relations. "We've put together a tentative training calendar, but this is a working document and subject to change."

The calendar, course catalog and other information can be accessed from this page:

"July 21 is the date that will be important to most people in West Lafayette," Clifford said. "That's when the system will be made available to all faculty and students, in addition to staff who will use Banner in their jobs."

The most visible aspect of this will be the widespread release of myPurdue, the Internet portal through which all West Lafayette faculty and students will access Banner and its self-services. (PNC's Banner portal is called myPNC.) This will have an immediate impact on students, who will then be able to register for and drop and add their fall classes.

Several Informational resources about Banner and myPurdue, including online demonstrations and presentations, are available on the OnePurdue Web site here:
http://www.purdue.edu/onepurdue/about/secure/index.shtml. (You will need to enter your Career Account username and password to access this page.)

"This is not only the last piece of OnePurdue," Kubat said, "but also the part that will impact the most number of people, including all faculty and students.

"A lot of people have worked hard to make this happen, and we're going to build on this foundation to keep improving the system over time."

General questions about Banner and myPurdue can be sent to onepurdue@purdue.edu. If you need specific help accessing or using myPurdue, contact the ITaP Customer Service Center at:

E-mail: itap@purdue.edu
Phone: (765) 494-4000
Online: www.itap.purdue.edu/help