We have noticed a lot of student concern regarding us launching an "unfinished system" and that we are using this as a trial on the entire student population. I would like to stress that this is in no way true.
The system that is launching is fully functional and complete as is. The reason that we are collecting feedback and prioritizing future changes is because we know that there will always be room for improvement. We are being cautious with this first launch, making sure students will be able to get help on campus during enrollment day and leaving extra time for students to learn the system. The technology of the old SIS was 40 years old, it needed an update.
...why now? When the decision was made to convert to semesters, RIT found that it would take more resources to retrofit our old system instead of implementing a system with current technology. RIT had known for a long time that they wanted to update this technology, so this appeared to be the perfect time to commit to the switch.
...why not wait until semester conversion? Best practice is to change the system with information that RIT is familiar with, and we need to have a year in the new system before the change to semesters. Not only this, but students will experience many changes in the coming years, this will give you time to become proficient in this new system before the quarters change to semesters.
...why limit customizations? Every customization of the system will need to be addressed every time the system upgrades, which will require more resources, not only now, but also in the future. The first focus was on functionality, feedback is being collected and prioritized to make sure that student concerns are being addressed accurately.
...why are you making me use IE?! Oracle PeopleSoft only officially supports these browsers. The system is still functional in other browsers, but just know that IE 7, 8 or 9; Firefox 3.5, 3.6, and 7; and Safari 3, 4, and 5 are the only browsers that are officially supported. Personally, we have used the system successfully in other browsers.