A team of computer engineers has
been working to speed up the performance of Banner, the software for
the university’s $186 million integrated technology system, after
its slow performance this semester caused registration delays and
generated high levels of stress among UIS staff members.
In a statement e-mailed to UIS
students on Aug. 30, UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen said that
Banner was performing at an unacceptable level, and university
officials were doing everything they could to fix the problems.
Normajean Niebur, a Secretary IV in
the criminal justice and public health departments, said that Banner
is not a student-friendly system, it is not efficient, and it seems
to have created more problems than it has solved.
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State Schools Limited
in New Student Enrollment, UIS Shines
Total enrollment among state universities has
remained steady while new student enrollment continues to rise.
While total enrollment at UIS remains steady, the increase of new
faces on campus has risen to an all time high.
According to Cheryl Peck, Director
of Public Relations, total enrollment at UIS has remained near its
Fall 2003 total of 4,574 students, an increase of 3 percent over
“Our fall 2004 numbers are still
being assessed due to ongoing enrollment for classes beginning in
October, however, we expect numbers to remain nearly the same.”
Peck also noted some discrepancies
between numbers released by the admissions office and the Provost’s
office due to this late registration.
“We hope to get this matter
straightened out within the next week,” Peck said. “2nd
half” classes typically begin in October, eight weeks into the
semester. Since registration continues for these classes,
enrollment numbers are often inaccurate early in the fall semester.
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