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Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems (MIS) is an area of Information Technology Services (ITS) within the division of Information Technology and Planning. MIS has primary responsibility for developing and maintaining integrated university-wide software applications that support critical administrative functions. Activities supported by MIS include the following:

  • the provision of applications architecture
  • in-depth systems analysis
  • systems and applications design
  • database administration
  • application and network integration
  • software programming
  • testing and implementation
  • documentation
  • production services

Application systems are supported in a large-scale network computing environment consisting of a large VMSCluster based on a Compaq OpenVMS/Alpha hardware system and a number of Windows NT workstations and UNIX servers. Many applications take advantage of the University's Netware and TCP/IP interfaces, which connect local area networks for Windows and Novell transparently into the VMSCluster environment. This permits implementation of client/server applications interfacing directly with the centralized administrative databases.

Systems for administrative support consist of both purchased and locally developed programs. For financial records and human resources/payroll, the Systems and Computer Technology Corporation (SCT) FRS and HRS systems are supported. Information Builders FOCUS is used for development of a number of the financial applications. The SCT Banner Student, Financial Aid, Accounts Receivable and Alumni systems support student and alumni/development records. Based on the Oracle database management software and using client/server design, the Banner systems position the University to integrate all administrative data. Access to the Banner System is supported by Web and interactive voice response interfaces.

The goals of MIS are to provide the following:

  • Student oriented systems for effective support of academic programs.
  • Financial, alumni, and human resource systems for the smooth operation of administrative units.
  • Database services for central and departmental information systems and reporting.
  • Reliable information for executive decision-making.

Director of Management Information Systems: Moreland Smith