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Regents approve Texas State student information system contracts

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
August 21, 2009

The Texas State University System Board of Regents has approved the purchase of a new student information software system at Texas State University-San Marcos.

The Regents, meeting in Alpine Thursday and Friday, Aug. 20-22, authorized Texas State to award contracts to SunGard for the software system upon completed contract review by the System Vice Chancellor and General Counsel.

“This is the final phase of our multi-year goal of updating all of the campus’ administrative computing system,” said Van Wyatt, vice president for Information Technology. “Texas State completed upgrading its financial and human resources systems in 2006, and this allows us to make a much-needed upgrade to the student information system.”

The new student information software system will replace the current outmoded system, which is 20 years old. A project team of faculty and staff representatives worked for the past 18 months to identify the university’s needs and evaluate various software platforms, ultimately recommending SunGard as the best value provider for the new system.

The contract with SunGard includes licensing and maintenance fees of $4.6 million for the software and implementation costs of $7.5 million.

The Texas State University System’s Board of Regents consists of 10 members, including one student. The administration, which is headed by a board-appointed Chancellor, is based in Austin where it provides support to the system components and state government.