Uni upgrades to comply with HESA law

To help it meet new legislative requirements under the Higher Education Support Act (HESA), Flinders University has rolled out a new student administration module.

The Adelaide-based university selected an administration module, Higher Education Information Management System (HEIMS), that Technology One developed to comply with the Act, and began implementing it in September to meet the 2005 deadline.

Enrolments for 2005 open in mid-November and the system lets the university maintain its current-year processing while setting up rules in the system to meet requirements for next year's processing.

The first stage of implementation lets the university charge fees according to new schedules and track, at a more detailed level, students' status in regard to commonwealth assistance.

Marlene Pitman, head of the university's student systems and enrolments, said it was a joint effort with the vendor and the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) to break down the data requirements under the Act.

Pitman said the cost of the compliance project was a fraction of the cost other universities paid for software to meet the deadline.

"Technology One's software solution is based on a student-centric model that was built in consultation with its higher education clients, so a number of the new requirements were already matched in the existing product," Pitman said.

"This means the impact of the HEIMS upgrade has been significantly reduced, and will ensure that we can get the changes done in time and at a cost the university can afford."

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