INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Banner student system debuts for registration
When students begin registering for fall courses using the new Banner system next week, they’ll see several convenient options for searching and viewing schedules. And one piece of information will be noticeably absent; Social Security Numbers are no longer required to sign into the system.
Project Manager Jennifer Schorr, special assistant to the provost, and Registrar Terry Kelley-Wallace noted dozens of people across campus have worked for months to get the system ready for this moment.
“We feel confident there won’t be significant problems,” Kelley-Wallace said. “But as with any new system, there will be things that need to be adjusted.”
Schorr noted the system’s implementation is progressing as planned or perhaps even a little ahead of schedule.
Registration for most students begins April 2 at https://bubrain.binghamton.edu. Before that, students are expected to check to ensure their PODS user ID and password are working. They can also go into the system ahead of time to acknowledge that they’ve read the Code of Conduct.
Banner will allow students to search for classes by faculty member and by time. They can also see their class schedule in a “week-at-a-glance” format. “I think students are really going to like that,” Kelley-Wallace said.
She noted there’s no longer a time limit as students select courses. And students are registered for each course in real time as they go through the process, rather than making selections and then saving everything at the end as in the old system.
Once students are signed in, they’re in for as long as they’re working, even if they visit different parts of the system, Schorr said.
Beginning March 17, students will be able to see their financial aid information online, too, including their awards and whether documents are missing from their applications.
Delinquencies now take 24 hours to clear the system, Schorr noted, so it’s important that students pay parking tickets and library fines the day before they plan to register at the latest.
At least 60-70 staff members from departments across the University have been trained in schedule-building and registration, Kelley-Wallace said. Refresher courses will be offered in the fall when it’s time to begin building the spring 2009 class list.
In addition, Discovery Assistants, ResCons, advisors and peer advisors and Help Desk personnel have all been trained in how to use Banner and will be available to help students register.
There’s also a brief tutorial available online at http://banner.binghamton.edu/using. Look on the right side under Videos, then choose “Registration Quick Start.”
Undergraduate and graduate admissions are already using the new system, Schorr noted. Additional transitions will take place in August, which is when current students will begin being able to view and order transcripts online.
Summer 2008 registration will be done through the BUSI system, as will grading for spring and summer classes.
The most significant transition time for faculty will be in December, when fall 2008 grades will be input using Banner.
“It’s a very powerful system,” Kelley-Wallace said. “We’ll be able to build upon it.”
“This is just the beginning,” Schorr agreed.