Office to Unveil SIS
Mount Holyoke’s Office of the Registrar
is getting ready to unveil its new Student Information System—SIS—a
campus-wide database of student records. Several years in the
making, SIS will centralize all students’ academic, financial,
housing, and other College records. The new integrated system
is expected to improve the accuracy and convenience of communication
and record keeping by providing a centralized and complete set
of data in one location.
SIS is being launched in stages. In April, preregistration for the fall 2004
semester will be recorded in the new system. As a test of the new online services,
the fall 2004 course schedule will be available with search capabilities. Online
class rosters will be available to faculty during the preregistration for their
fall courses. By November 2004, a broad range of SIS services will be available
on the Internet, accessible at any time. For example, students will be able to
register and request transcripts online, and faculty will be able to submit grades
as well as access their advisees’ information online.
SIS is designed to safeguard privacy. “The system is password-protected
and has all the necessary firewalls,” said associate registrar Donna Delisle-Mitchell.
The Office of the Registrar held a contest this winter for students to name the
new online Web site. Lindsay Stone FP submitted the winning suggestion: ISIS—Internet
Student Information System. She will receive $25 on her One Card;
in addition, she will have exclusive access to the online registration system
in the fall and will be the first student to register for classes online. Please
watch for an announcement from the Office of the Registrar for a new address
for the Web site.