Purdue Today

July 24, 2008

Banner now available to all WL students

Many months of preparation came to fruition Monday, when the new Banner student systems were released to all West Lafayette students.

At 7:35 a.m. (EST) Monday, access to myPurdue, the Internet portal through which they will use Banner, was made available not only to students, but also staff members who will use it in their jobs.

"As expected, things have gone well," said Rita Clifford, OnePurdue's Enrollment and Student Affairs team lead. "There certainly have been no show-stoppers."

The vast majority of the calls to the ITaP Customer Service Center have been about password issues and logging in to myPurdue, but not much about the system itself, said Dwight Snethen, ITaP customer service quality director.

"We've heard some good feedback," he said.

Many people began using myPurdue early. By 10 a.m., more than 2,600 unique visitors had logged in. As of 4 p.m., it was more than 5,600.

One of those was Kelli Jensen, a third-year student in the College of Liberal Arts who checked her financial eligibility and confirmed that she was registered for fall classes online. "It was a lot easier than I had anticipated," she said.

"It (using Banner) was a very good experience," said senior Scott Secrist, who used the system to change a 7:30 a.m. class to a 3:30 section.

Another student, Tory Prichodko, a senior in management, was excited that she can now register for and drop and add courses on the Web. "This is great! I'll be studying in Ireland this fall, but can register for my spring classes from there."

Some office staff also began using Banner Monday, including several in the Office of the Registrar.

"Students and staff members have been enthusiastic about the new student systems," said Josie Galloway, assistant registrar for academic and classroom scheduling. "They seem to be catching on quickly and navigating through the system with ease. 
 
"The transition to Banner has been relatively smooth so far. As students begin to return over the next couple weeks, we expect to continue learning more about the system."

More information about Banner and myPurdue is available from this page:
http://www.purdue.edu/onepurdue/ESA/index.shtml.

For help logging in or using myPurdue, contact the ITaP Customer Service Center at itap@purdue.edu, (765) 494-4000 or online at www.itap.purdue.edu/help.