WHAT IS A STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM?
Harvard has a lot of useful data about students, courses, and advising. The way this data is stored and accessed is through a technology platform called a student information system (SIS). This platform is the backbone of university operations. It affects everything from how students register for classes, to how departments plan and administer courses, to how advisors engage with students.
Harvard's student information system is named my.harvard.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY.HARVARD?
This is a two part answer:
The Student Information System Program is the team of people tasked with creating the technology that powers my.harvard.
The Registrar's Office for each school is responsible for creating the policies and procedures that drive the way my.harvard data is accessed, used, and viewed.
The Student Information System Program team works hand-in-hand with the Registrar's Offices at The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan School), the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Harvard Divinity School (HDS), Harvard Graduate School of Design (HGSD), Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to create technical solutions to meet business process needs.
WHY UPDATE THE SYSTEM?
The my.harvard student information system is part of Harvard’s technology renewal, which is modernizing the essential tools we depend on everyday, and making our data more secure through a shared set of technologies that work together. Learn more about Harvard’s technology renewal here.
*DCE is not included in the implementations at this time.