The University Record, September 24, 1996

Getting Involved in M-Pathways: A Guide

By Gretchen Weir
M-Pathways Project

M-Pathways, the University-wide project that is revamping administrative processes, is like the proverbial elephant. The elephant "appears" different to each of the three blind men, because they approach it from different angles. M-Pathways also has many shapes, and it is hard to see all at once. The following chart may help you identify parts of this project that interest you.

Academic Advising

The Beta Phase, the University's joint effort with other universities and People-Soft to create a Student Information System, is nearing completion. The next phase, taking People-Soft's product and implementing it at the U-M, is just beginning with the establishment of an implementation team with representatives from schools and colleges. Part of the Student Administration System, the academic advising module will be tested in pilot mode in the fourth quarter of 1997; installation is scheduled for second quarter 1998.

Contact Patricia Jones (pjones@umich.edu).

Accounting (Chart of Accounts/General Ledger)

The general ledger team is analyzing interviews with current users of financial systems, documenting current system interfaces, developing a system prototype using FY 1996 financial data, and planning for a July 1, 1997, implementation.

General ledger is a part of PeopleSoft's integrated Financials software.

Contact Chuck Hawkins (chawkins@umich.edu)

Accounts Payable

Project team being recruited; installation begins third quarter 1997. Accounts payable is part of PeopleSoft's integrated Financials software.

Contact Chuck Hawkins (chawkins@umich.edu)

Accounts Receivable

Work will begin in 1997, with installation to be completed in mid-1998. Accounts receivable is part of PeopleSoft's integrated Financials software.

 

Contact Chuck Hawkins (chawkins@umich.edu).

Admissions/Recruiting

The Beta Phase, the University's joint effort with other universities and People-Soft to create a Student Administrative System, is nearing completion. The next phase, taking PeopleSoft's product and implementing it at the U-M, is just beginning with the establishment of an implementation team made up of representatives from s chools and colleges. A pilot project at the Law and Medical Schools is scheduled for May 1997 using beta software and for October 1997 using PeopleSoft's general release software. Campuswide installation to support recruiting begins April 1998.

Contact John Gohsman (jgohsman@umich.edu)

Benefits

Part of PeopleSoft's Human Resources Management System, the benefits module will be installed in March 1998.

Contact Sue MacDavitt (suem@umich.edu)

Budgeting

Work will begin in 1997, with installation completed mid-1998.

Contact Chuck Hawkins (chawkins@umich.edu)

Campus Community

A consolidation of all personal data, for students, employees or faculty.

Contact Karen Kuffner (kkuffner@umich.edu)

 

 

Computer Hardware/Software

To get a copy of the hardware/software specifications for desktop E-mail M-Pathways.workstations@umich.edu computers,go to the URL: http://www.itd.umich.ed u/itd/

 

Financial Aid

The Beta Phase, the University's joint effort with other universities and PeopleSoft to create a Student Administration System, is nearing completion. The next phase, taking PeopleSoft's product and implementing it at U-M, is just beginning with the e stablishment of an implementation team made up of representatives from schools and colleges. A pilot for financial aid is scheduled for fourth quarter 1997, installation campuswide is scheduled for first quarter 1999.

Contact Elaine Nowak (enowak@umich.edu).

Human Resources

Human Resources teams are conducting intensive business practice reviews in the areas of employment, appointments, compensation, employee relations and payroll this fall. Their recommendations are due in December. Implementation of their recommendati ons with PeopleSoft software begins in 1997.

Contact Sue MacDavitt (suem@umich.edu).

Inventory

Work will begin in January 1997.

Contact Chuck Hawkins (chawkins@umich.edu)

Managing Assets

The pilot project for this portion of the Physical Resources Management System begins at the Hospitals Oct. 1. Campuswide implementation of this flexible method of tracking equipment will occur in mid-1997.

Attend focus groups to see demo of system.

Contact Mike Easter (measter@umich.edu)

Managing Space

A space management prototype system, created by the project team using a PeopleSoft product called PeopleTools, will be used by the Space Analysis Department starting October 1. The Space Management System will be implemented campuswide in mid-1997.

Attend focus groups to see demo of system

Contact Glenn Cerny (gcerny@umich.edu)

Payroll

Work begins in March 1997 on this part of the Human Resources Management System. Installation is planned for third quarter 1998.

Contact Sue MacDavitt (suem@umich.edu)

Project Costing

A portion of the PeopleSoft Financials package, Project Costing begins fourth quarter 1996 with installation late in 1997.

Contact Ed Caldwell (edjc@umich.edu)

Purchasing

A project team has been recruited; installation begins third quarter 1997. This module is part of PeopleSoft's integrated Financials software.

Contact Jim Peters (jppeters@umich.edu) or Chuck Hawkins

 

Research Administration
(Pre-Award/Post Award)

The University is exploring options and working with other institutions to define what such a system should do.

Contact Alan Steiss (steiss@umich.edu)

 

 

Student Finance

The Beta Phase, the University's joint effort with other universities and People-Soft to create a Student Administration System, is nearing completion. The next phase, taking PeopleSoft's product and implementing it at U-M, is just beginning with the establishment of an implementation team made up of representatives from schools and colleges. The Student Finance pilot is scheduled for fourth quarter 1997; installation campuswide is scheduled for third quarter 1998.

Contact James Roane (jroane@umich.edu)

Student Record

The Beta Phase, the University's joint effort with other universities and People-Soft to create a Student Administration System, is nearing completion. The next phase, taking PeopleSoft'sproduct and implementing it at U-M, is just beginning with the establishment of an implementation team made up of representatives from schools and colleges. The pilot is scheduled for fourth quarter 1997; installation campuswide begins third quarter 1998.

Contact Kortney Briske (kbriske@umich.edu).

Work Orders for Physical Plant

A separate work order system called AEC is currently being installed. It will be integrated with M-Pathways.

Contact Gary Doppes (gdoppes@umich.edu) or Jerry Wideman (gkw@umich.edu)