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University Computer Center
2801 W. Bancroft
MS 202
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
419-530-2400

Information Technology
UTMC | Dowling Hall
3000 Arlington Avenue
MS 1079
Toledo, OH 43614
419-383-2400

ithelpdesk@utoledo.edu

Banner

1.) Why must the University upgrade to Banner 8?
2.) What are some of the new features of Banner 8?
3.) Will the screens change? Do I have to get re-trained?
4.) How will I start up Banner 8?
5.) Will my ODBC connections (for Access Reporting) change?
6.) Will my password change? Do I have to get another account?
7.) Will Banner be faster/more reliable under Banner 8?

1.) Why must the University upgrade to Banner 8?

OnMonday January 19, 2009 Sungard Higher Education announced that Banner 9 would be generally available beginning late spring 2010. At the same time, Sungard Higher Education announced that they would not support Banner 7 after September 1, 2010. This upgrade will enable The University of Toledo to retain support from the Sungard Higher Education and to remain in compliance with Federal Regulations (i.e. Financial Aid, Tax Laws.). The university is actively planning to update our Banner to version 8. The current target date for go-live is December 2010.

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2.) What are some of the new features of Banner 8?

The following features are found in Banner 8:

  • Support for Multiple Curricula - This enhancement allows the University to use multiple curricula for a person. In fact, Banner will now support unlimited majors, minors and concentrations for a student.
  • Improved Integration with Banner - Sungard Higher Education has consolidated Banner programming logic and stored it in the database. This change allows software products from other vendors to work more easily with Banner. These application programming interfaces or APIs significant improve Banner integration with other software products.
  • Globalization & standardization for naming, currency & universal character sets
  • Fin-Aid Module:
    1. Advanced algorithmic packaging for complex awards calculations
    2. Track & count scholarships and athletic info by term
    3. Define how many terms a student can receive a scholarship
    4. Capture donor/scholarship demographics
  • Faculty & Student self-service changes – graduation application for eligible students, ability to view grade summary page for a given class (currently on 7.5 version) by faculty and advisors.
  • Student Module – registration overrides by curriculum elements, mass entry registration, minimum/maximum registration hours, catalog extract & load from other institutions for transfer articulation, fee assessment rules based on curriculum elements has been greatly enhanced, waitlist registration automation, automated incomplete grade processing, ability to restrict registration by minors, concentration, dept, student attributes and cohorts, etc…
  • Flexible Registration – provides a rich web-based experience for learners to search, register and purchase courses. This approach uses a “shopping cart” concept that students are familiar with from other websites. Advanced features include discounting, multiple plans, custom configurable catalogs, additional materials purchasing and geo-mapping of classes. This design was originally aimed at noncredit courses but can now be used for all courses.
  • Reserved seating enhancements
  • NCAA compliance enhancements
  • Security – distributed security – limited security administration privileges to users
  • Supplemental data engine – ability to define and add custom fields in screens/Banner forms without the need for extensive programming support.
  • Human Resources – ability to check and ensure that the combinations of employee and employer contributions towards employee retirement plans are within the elective deferral maximum limit set by IRS, faculty load and compensation web interface, ePAF enhancement: change FTE, convert temp positions to permanent positions or vice-versa, funding change with different position number, employee type change (EPA to/from SPA), lateral transfer, promotion, hire/terminates for short-term appointment, etc.
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3.) Will the screens change? Do I have to get re-trained?

Banner 8 has the same look and feel as Banner 7. Most screen names remain the same but some have added or changed functionality.

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4.) How will I start up Banner 8?

When Banner 8 is implemented you will access it the same way you accessed the prior version.

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5.) Will my ODBC connections (for Access Reporting) change?

Existing ODBC connections will not be affected by the change to Banner 8.

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6.) Will my password change? Do I have to get another account?

No. The Banner password you are currently using will work after the change from Banner 7 to Banner 8 is complete. If you need to reset your Banner password after Banner 8 becomes available, do so by calling the IT Help-Desk at x2400. You do not have to get another account to use Banner 8.

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7.) Will Banner be faster/more reliable under Banner 8?

Application and database performance depend on a number of factors: concurrent users, network speed, server memory, server processor speed and server disk speed among others. Banner 8 introduces a new "character set" to the Oracle database. While SunGardHE has indicated that some programs may run longer under the new character set required by Banner 8, The University of Toledo is implementing Banner 8 on a new and robust hardware for faster processing and reliability. IT Department will be monitoring performance and work to tune the environment to maximize performance while maintaining the reliability and fail-over capacity.

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Last Updated: 6/26/15