New SIS Positions to Advance SIS Implementation and Management
In the next step of the College's student information system
project, Mount Holyoke has created two new positions to support the
implementation of the new CARS system and to manage it once implementation
is completed, projected to be sometime in 2002. College registrar
Monica Augustin has been named director of enrollment systems and
registrar. While Augustin focuses on management, policy, and research
as registrar, Faye Lozowski, who was recently appointed associate
registrar (see story on page three), will oversee the day-to-day operations
of the registrar's office. Augustin will continue to be available
to students, faculty, and administrative staff.
Although her role as director of enrollment systems is evolving,
in general terms, her job will be to act as a very visible conduit
between SIS users and the technical side of SIS, she says.
Staff training and support, as well as systems applications and data
analysis, will be components of her position. She describes herself
as a nontechnical person who understands the basic needs of
managers using student systems. Augustin will work toward
making the best resources available to these users, she says.
She notes that the model of having a registrar wear an enrollment
systems hat began emerging in the late 1990s, as colleges were faced
with Y2K automation. Columbia University, for example, has a registrar
working in a position such as Augustin's.
In both her roles, Augustin will work toward empowering students,
faculty, and staff by providing them with direct access to academic
information and the best service possible, through the use of technology,
while always ensuring security and integrity of the data, she
This is not Augustin's first foray into enrollment systems initiatives.
While the university registrar at the College of William and Mary,
she was a part of a team that designed and implemented an online registration
system, as well as Web resources used by the college community to
access data maintained by the registrar's office. Among her first
actions in her new MHC position will be to establish an advisory committee
of SIS users. She will work closely with this group throughout the
implementation process of the new system and then will consider new
initiatives and ongoing operations relating to SIS in the years ahead.
The other new position is also being assumed by a current Mount Holyoke
staff member. Gerald S. Campion will retain some of his current duties
as system administrator and programmer/analyst, continuing to provide
technical support for the AS400 system used by alumnae/development,
payroll, and human resources, but has take on new responsibilities
as SIS database administrator. In his new position, he will be responsible
for providing technical and database support in the implementation
and use of the new SIS. Campion traveled to Cincinnati for part of
January and early February to receive specialized training from software
provider CARS and is looking forward to the challenges of [his]
In their new roles, Augustin and Campion will work closely with Michael
Jewett, SIS project manager, who will remain in that role until SIS
implementation is completed. Says Jewett, Both Monica and Gerry
have excellent credentials for their respective positions. The fact
that they already understand the Mount Holyoke organization and culture
is an extremely valuable bonus for the SIS project. Adds Jane
Brown, vice president for enrollment and College relations, By
creating these two positions and combining enrollment systems with
the position of registrar, MHC has established an innovative model,
in much the same way that the College did when creating LITS, to respond
to the rapidly expanding role of technology in the life of the College.
Monica and Gerry will work closely with the SIS implementation team
to meet the College's goals for our exciting new Web-based services,
state-of-the-art reporting services, and functional support of the
various offices engaged in admission, student records, and student
services. We anticipate a very successful partnership. Augustin
will report to Brown, while Campion will report to Madeline Carnevale,
director of desktop technologies.
Admission, student records, student billing, financial assistance, residential life, and student activities will utilize the CARS SIS system, which will interface with the College's financial, payroll, human resources, and alumnae/development systems. Some of the new student information system's most prominent capabilities are online application, registration, and degree audit; admission tracking and communications support; the ability for faculty to call up class lists, submit grades, and check advisee transcripts; and ready access for faculty and staff users to the student data needed to do their work. Learn more about the SIS project at http://www.mtholyoke.edu/go/sis.