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Registration is in store for a ‘slick’ transition

Friday, February 2, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:33 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

MU students registering for the fall 2007 semester will no longer be using the STARMU system, which has seen little change since its introduction in 1975.

A new Internet-based registration and student record management system, myZou, will be available for student use beginning March 5. Students registering for the summer session will still be required to use the Student Terminal Access to Records, STARMU.

MU Registrar Brenda Selman is overseeing the implementation of similar systems at all four University of Missouri System campuses. The University of Missouri-Rolla was the first campus to complete the transition to Oracle’s PeopleSoft student administration system.

To access STARMU, students are required to download IBM’s Java-based Host on-Demand software, which is not compatible with all Web browsers.

“Once you get STARMU up, it looks like your grandmother’s screen,” Selman said. “They’re green screens; people don’t even know what that is any more.”

Though STARMU has been secure and functional for over 30 years, myZou, which will cost MU approximately $5 million, will add modern functionality that students at other universities have had access to for several years. Because myZou is fully Web-based, users will be able to access the system through any major Web browser, without the need for additional software.

Students, faculty and administrators will use the new system through one easily accessible portal. Unlike STARMU, myZou will provide 24/7 real-time access to student records, the schedule of courses, classroom scheduling and billing databases. Faculty members will be able to submit grades through the system as well.

“STARMU has to be refreshed and synched up with cashier’s, financial aid, etc., so we have to have time every night to do that,” Selman said in an e-mail. “Since myZou is more integrated, that is not necessary.”

Ruth Wright, director of advising for nearly 8,000 undergraduates in the College of Arts & Science, said the new system will allow advisers to add more information to student records.

“I think it’s going to be really slick,” Wright said. “It’s going to be a tool just like students use for shopping online and doing research online. More information is going to be at everyone’s fingertips.”

Selman said the myZou system would undergo scheduled maintenance at 3 a.m. Sundays, and if necessary, other times would be announced.

Students can login to myZou and get acquainted with the new Web site by going to myzou.missouri.edu and clicking on the “Self Service” link. Unlike the previous system, students can log in using only their PawPrint and password. A student number and Personal Identification Number are no longer required.

Wright said she’s been ready for an update to STARMU.

“We’re getting anxious to get in and play with it,” Wright said.


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