Date: August 3, 2017
To ALL faculty and staff:
UIW is commencing with the upgrade to Banner 9. This new release delivers a number of important enhancements, including a modern user interface, enhanced navigation and management tools, and new functionality across the student, HR and finance components. It also provides greater flexibility in that Banner 9 will be accessible from a wider selection of browsers and on tablets.
With any system upgrade, we know that people often grow concerned over what will change and we have been working closely with the vendor, Ellucian, to understand and anticipate these changes. Many institutions have already upgraded or are in the process of upgrading and so the sharing from these institutions have also informed our project plans and will continue to do so over the next several months.
Banner9 system modules will be rolled out to the community in a phased approach, including new features and functionality in the Banner Self Service areas in the MyWord portal for our students and faculty. Upgrade work has already begun and we expect to be completed with all modules upgraded to Banner9 by September 30, 2018. A Banner9 project team that consists of IT, administrators, and staff will be communicating with offices and coordinating testing of each system module throughout the project period.
We ask for help from VPs, Directors, and Managers in responding to the testing needs in an effective and timely manner. Adherence to the testing schedule with feedback on potential system problems are critical to the success of this major upgrade. We also encourage Banner users to participate in online training offerings and on-premise workshops regarding Banner9, to ensure sufficient knowledge on the system and its new operational benefits.
The following are some resources available within the MyWord portal. Once logged into the portal, click on the Banner Tab/Enterprise Applications Projects/Banner 9 Upgrade link to access the following resources.
If you have questions or feedback, please feel free to contact Iris Solcher, Director of Enterprise Applications at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep you informed of our progress through town hall meetings, emails, daily Word announcements, and the myWord portal. Please help us help you with this important system upgrade for UIW by staying connected and informed with the Banner9 progress and doing your part in testing system modules when needed. Hold the date of September 21, 2017 for an Ellucian Banner 9 demonstration to faculty and staff. Details of schedule coming soon.
Our most sincere thank you for all you do for UIW.
Lisa M. Bazley
VP for Information Resources & CIO
University of the Incarnate Word