Faculty, staff, students to see changes in CSS campus processes

The new year has brought new ways of doing things on campus. In the PeopleSoft arena, the campus is preparing for the move into the Campus Solutions System (CSS), the student information component of PeopleSoft and the largest element of the system. CSS will be used beginning this summer.

CSS comprises modules for undergraduate and graduate admissions, student records (registration and records), student financials (bursar) and Student Financial Aid. In addition, Residential Management System will be used in conjunction with CSS as the University's residential housing system.

“February will bring the first of the most visible changes for students and faculty,” said Cindy Fuller, communications coordinator for the Office of the CIO. “It’s a yearlong phase-in that began last August with the course catalog going online.”

Beginning next Monday, Feb. 9, the first change visible to users will be within MyBGSU, where CSS will bring more self-service options.

The Faculty Center will be a central location for advisement and class roster information.  Links for Employee Services, Miscellaneous Services and Account Administration will also continue to be available in MyBGSU.

Students will find the Student Center a central location for enrollment (adding or dropping a class or checking their class schedule), viewing financial aid information or holds, finding advisor information, or to view or update personal information.

Using the new system, students will be able to begin enrolling in summer 2009 classes on Feb. 16. They will find different options for browsing the course catalog along with the transition of course numbers from three to four digits, always ending in zero.

To help prepare faculty and staff to use CSS, the PeopleSoft team is developing and offering training sessions, many online. Students may use an online tutorial to guide them through the enrollment process, along with online documentation. Monthly open forums and other sessions will also be offered to introduce campus to the new system and the changes it will bring.

February 2, 2009