New student admissions module unveiled at UNLV
Las Vegas, Nevada // September 14, 2009 -- The Nevada System of Higher Education today launched the first of a series of computer system upgrades that will dramatically improve student services in the state's public colleges and universities.
"Coming in on time and under budget, this new system not only achieves cost savings through economies of scale, it more importantly improves the student experience and allows our faculty, staff and students to invest more of their time in the classroom than dealing with outdated technologies," said Dan Klaich, NSHE chancellor.
A new admissions module, which is part of the collaborative information system project known as iNtegrate, was put into operation today at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and represents the first major upgrade of the NSHE's more than 20-year-old computer main frame system.
"This first piece of iNtegrate will allow us to more effectively recruit and admit students, manage registration and class activities, and track changes in our databases," said Neal Smatresk, UNLV president. "These tools truly bring us into a new age of electronic capabilities that help us serve students better and offer seamless interactions with the university."
The admissions module is one of five student services system modules that will be rolled out at various NSHE institutions in the months ahead. The next admissions module will go live at Truckee Meadows Community College on October 12.
"As each module comes online at our institutions, we move one step closer to a seamless, student-friendly, and cost-effective student services system for NSHE's community colleges, state college and universities," said Dr. Jane Nichols,NSHE vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.
"These new online features allow students to see the same information that staff can see in the system which aids students in conducting business with the institution," added Robyn Render, vice chancellor for information technology and iNtegrate project director.
iNtegrate was launched on July 7, 2008 after several years of planning and oversight by the NSHE. The project's first major project milestone was achieved today with the admissions module at UNLV for students seeking admissions for fall 2010. The remaining institutions, the College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Nevada State College, the University of Nevada, Reno, and Western Nevada College will implement the same admissions modules in fall 2010.
As the various modules are implemented, students at the seven NSHE institutions will have 24/7 access to their academic information, the ability to plan and track progress toward their education objectives, more online payment options, online access to financial aid information, checklists to assist them in successfully completing required administrative procedures, and enhanced communications and navigation in a modern and consistent Web-based environment.
After completing the admissions implementation, UNLV and TMCC will implement modules for academic advising, financial aid, student financials and student records over the remaining months of the current academic year. All seven institutions will have a full suite of new student modules implemented in the fall of 2011.
iNtegrate is the brand given to the system-wide implementation of new information systems for all Nevada System of Higher Education institutions. The first information system selected for implementation is the Student Information System, giving priority to improving student services. The name, iNtegrate, was chosen because it represents the means to a functioning and unified system of information and the efficient management of administrative services for students, faculty and staff. The iNtegrate Project is an initiative to implement PeopleSoft student services technology.
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of the nation's fastest growing state. The NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 108,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.
UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of 28,000 students and 3,300 faculty and staff. Founded in 1957, the university offers more than 220 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs. UNLV is located on a 332-acre campus in dynamic Southern Nevada and is classified in the category of Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.