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“UAccess rollout done, but changes coming”

UAccess’ initial rollout was slated to be finished at the end of last semester. Although the initial process is done, changes are still forthcoming.

Updates on the program for the new financial aid year include going live with Graduate College academic advising and working through post-go live issues, such as late fees and payment plans, which are all being altered to adapt students to the new system.

UAccess Student replaced Matrix, the Degree Audit Reporting System, the Student Information System and both Student Link and Advisor Link as the new operating system for the UA.

“”There are committees looking at what needs to be changed,”” said Kay Stevens Beasock, manager of organizational communications for the Mosaic Project, which oversees UAccess Student.

Reactions to campus concerns have yielded features like eligibility being visible to students when planning classes and a speedier enrollment time than with the older WebReg system.

At this point in the semester, there are no definite things being changed, Beasock said. But with the events of last week, things are falling behind.

Beasock, however, seemed upbeat about scheduling for students.

“”Registration went very well,”” she said.

Other movements for the Mosaic project rollout were continued status page development and scholarship interface and the December advisement report preparations for the colleges of Medicine, Law and Pharmacy.

The team also began work on UA South tuition calculation for the 2011 fall semester.

Suellyn Hull, co-director of the Mosaic project, noted her excitement with how the overall project is working out, despite some glitches.

“”For me, I am very proud of the Mosaic Student Team and all those in functional and academic areas, as well as University Information Technology Systems, who assisted in making the implementation a success,”” Hull said.

Hull also expressed gratitude for the campus community for adapting to the new system and suggestions for creating a better interface in which to work.

“”We implemented the system in a ‘plain vanilla’ state and can now start to modify functionality to better meet the needs of our campus,”” Hull said. “”With the initial implementation period for the student project complete, Tom (Bourgeois) and I are rolling off the project back to our former departments.  UAccess Student is now supported and maintained by UITS (University Information Technology Systems).””

Marcia Chatalashas been made a director of the project moving forward, Hull said.

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