Software System Gets Its First Big User Workout

Applicants for Fall 2009 Admission Are First to Experience Project Orion

Oct. 6, 2008

On Sept. 8, admissions staffers in the University’s Office of Enrollment Services quietly became the first end users of the PeopleSoft “enterprise-wide” administrative database and software package that is part of a multi-year effort to overhaul administrative service computing on campus.

Dubbed Project Orion at UT Dallas, PeopleSoft Campus Solutions software has modules for admissions, recruiting, financial aid, student records and student financials.  The admissions component, which is now fielding applicants for the fall 2009 semester, was the first of those areas to become operational.  

“The fact that we’re up and running is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the technical and functional teams working on the project,” said Richard Huckaba, associate provost and executive liaison on the project.  “After months of preparation, we’re looking forward to receiving applications through the new system.” 

According to Huckaba, during the next several weeks, staffers will be regularly checking the system to ensure that it’s running properly and that there are no barriers for applicants. 

“We plan to have the admissions testing completed by early October and troubleshoot any problem areas.  In doing so, we hope that it will be on track when the application stream really starts flowing — usually in mid-to-late October.”

Huckaba added that the Office of Information Resources will be regularly testing security profiles in the newly launched admissions module; security is paramount due to the number of users working within the component. 

With the admissions portion of the project under way, Huckaba noted that the Orion team will next focus on the financial aid and records portions of the project, which are expected to go live in early spring. 

The transition to PeopleSoft Campus Solutions is a joint endeavor involving UT Dallas, UT Arlington and UT Tyler.  The arrangement between the three schools calls for the innovative management of commonly used information technology services that support the individual schools’ efforts to provide comprehensive, interactive, user-friendly databases of student information — including addresses, grades, class schedules, payment history and biographical data.

About Project Orion
Orion is a Web-based information portal that may one day manage virtually every aspect of a student’s academic career, from registering for classes to accepting financial aid, to applying for graduation.  Orion operates on the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions platform, a comprehensive suite of software that gives users real-time information. When completed, Orion will serve nearly every consumer of University data, including students, faculty and staff.   For more information about Orion, please visit the project Web site at www.utdallas.edu/orion.


Media Contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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More information about Project Orion is available at www.utdallas.edu/orion.

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