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New Streamlined Faculty and Staff Information System

Current and accurate information will be available in a centralized location

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November 25, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University is building a comprehensive data management system that will allow campus administrators to share up-to-date and accurate information on faculty, according to an announcement from the Office of the Provost.

The Faculty and Staff Information System (FASIS) Project is a collaboration between the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, the Office of Human Resources, the schools, faculty members and many individuals. They will share their knowledge and expertise to make this a success.

The FASIS Project will focus on establishing a central, streamlined source for faculty data on research, awards, courses, publications, administrative appointments and more.

The project will pull together faculty information that currently is maintained through the Human Resources Information Systems, the Office of the Provost and individual schools-based management information systems.

"Faculty information plays a vital role in our institution," said Northwestern University Provost Daniel Linzer. "This project will help expand existing data, enhance data quality and provide a single location for data management, reporting and data entry."  

"One of the goals of the project is to make it easier for faculty members to update and access data," said Kathy Tessendorf, director of Human Resources Information Systems. "It will allow us to organize and validate data coming in and provide enhanced university-wide reporting capabilities."

A Web site has been created to keep the University community informed about project plans, milestones, page designs and other changes.

Historical data, like, for example, a record of previous appointments to a particular endowed professorship, will be maintained to make related queries and a review of trends easier. FASIS also will aid in faculty recruitment with online tools that eliminate paper processes through an automated workflow for hiring and career tracking.