Multi-year effort underway to modernize, unify student services systems

Published: February 2, 2016 10:48 am

compassOn Feb. 2, Vice Presidents Zina Evans and Elias Eldayrie announced the launch of a multi-year effort to modernize and unify the University of Florida’s student services systems.  The Campus-wide Modernization Program to Advance Student Services—or COMPASS—will be implemented in a series of releases over the next five years. The migration of student self-service functions that will begin later this month represents just the first step toward the work that will occur under the auspices of COMPASS.

Meetings with college representatives to support the effort began in the Fall 2015 semester and will continue throughout the initiative.  The initial focus of these meetings was to begin clarifying requirements and the scope of work necessary to meet the needs of UF’s various constituencies.

As a preeminent university at the forefront of online teaching and learning, UF needs agile and modernized student services systems. The university’s existing platforms are increasingly difficult to support as a result of new and changing programs as well as technological advances.  Additionally, the constant and increasing threats to data security create a critical need for the institution.  By launching COMPASS, the university is demonstrating its commitment to updating and supporting sustainable technical solutions to maintain and manage these university needs.

COMPASS will be implemented in staged releases based on the student life cycle:  Academic Structure, Admissions, Enrollment/Registration/Room Scheduling, Advising/Student Records/Degree Audit, Student Financials, and Financial Aid.  In addition, our efforts will support a CRM (Constituent Relationship Management) system and an evolving robust learning ecosystem.

Built on a foundation of strong master data management—with impacts to the myUFL system, ONE.UF (self-service), and reporting and analytics (student data)—COMPASS aims to better meet the needs of the university’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional students as well as faculty and staff.

More details about timelines, implementation, and opportunities to participate in this program are forthcoming.  In the meantime, faculty and staff may visit compass.ufl.edu for introductory information and a schedule of COMPASS kick-off information sessions.  Questions?  Please email UF-compass@ufl.edu.

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