Database Administrator: Mary L. Hupp
Grant Directive: Jenzabar
Integrated Information Management System: The introduction of an integrated information management system will enable MU to engage our constituents (students, faculty, staff, and administrators) with one another in ways never before possible at our institution. Our inability to communicate timely, critical information across division and departmental lines and our lack of capacity to share decision-making information with our students is a primary barrier to student retention, success, and satisfaction. As part of our strategic planning, an MU task force appointed by the President, consisting of administrators, faculty, and staff, looked critically at our information system capacity and then began researching and interviewing possible vendors for an integrated system. Task force members unanimously recommended the Jenzabar Enterprise Management System (EMS), a system with a demonstrated track record of success at institutions similar to MU. We will begin by upgrading technology infrastructure including essential hardware (servers and uninterrupted power supplies), back-up hardware (one data domain), data storage software, and server software. All labor will be completed by the Office of Institutional Computing (OIC) without federal funding. Year-1 also will include initial data conversion activities and preliminary staff orientation and training. Jenzabar will assign a project liaison who will work with the Title III Database Manager to effect a two-year mapping, testing, and conversion process. Faculty and staff training provided by Jenzabar, beginning in Year-1, will continue (with expanded applications) throughYear-3. Primary conversion will include offices that directly impact students: admissions, registration, advising, student life, financial aid, and the major business management and reporting functions. In Year-2, end-user potential increases as we add an attendance module to alert students, faculty, and advisors of prospective retention problems. By Year-3, attention turns to the Constituent Relations Modules (CRM's) enabling students and faculty to utilize fully the potential of the EMS to communicate and share information. Faculty Advising procedures and strategies also will be revised inYear-3, strengthening both student-faculty relationships and student academic planning.