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Banner Information Systems

Most of the major University information systems are built upon SunGard Higher Education Banner (TM) products. These systems are supported by the Warehouse, Integration and Training team. The hardware and operating systems are maintained by the Systems Support team. The software is maintained by the Administrative Computing team.


OSU purchased the Banner Student Information System (SIS) in 1988 based on a competitive bid process initiated by Portland State University. After training and some data conversion from the old home-grown SIS, the Admissions module was brought online mid-1989 to start processing applications for Fall 1990. Conversion and loading of all the remaining modules was completed by June 1990. The first live and completed term processed on the new system was Summer Term 1990. Only student records for new and continuing students were converted. All prior term student and graduate data was left in the paper archives.

During the first year of using the SIS system, Financial Aid processing was done using a standalone MicroFAIDS system. The Banner Financial Aid module was added to the system in 1991.

In 1993 the Oregon University System investigated replacing the centralized, home-grown, Finance system. After a competitive bidding and trial implementation of various products at OUS institutions, the Banner Finance Information System (FIS) was selected. OSU went live with FIS for the 1995-96 fiscal year beginning in July 1995.

In the Fall of 1995, SCT Banner formed an alliance with Touchnet Information Systems to provide functionality for self-service kiosks connected to Banner SIS. OSU purchased and installed five kiosks around campus.

By the Fall of 1996, Banner Web for Students was implemented for admission applications. Later that academic year, access to student records was also available. Since that time, Web for Faculty & Advisors, Web for Employees, Web for Prospects, and the Financial Aid portion of Web for Student have been implemented. These "web for" products have been subsequently renamed "self service".

In 1998 the Oregon University System investigated replacing the centralized, home-grown, Human Resources and Payroll system. After a competitive bid process, the Banner Human Resources Information System (HRIS) was selected. OSU went live with HRIS for the 1999 payroll year beginning in January 1999.

OSCAR (Oregon State Central Administration Resource) provides OSU staff and faculty with direct access to tasks and downloadable forms for a wide range of business purposes such as human resources, payroll, accounts payable and travel.