Student information system

Student information system

A student information system (SIS) is a software application for educational establishments to manage student data. Student information systems provide capabilities for entering student test and other assessment scores, building student schedules, tracking student attendance, and managing many other student-related data needs in a school, college or university. Also known as student information management system (SIMS, SIM), student records system (SRS) or student management system (SMS) or school management system (SMS) .

These systems vary in size, scope and capability, from packages that are implemented in relatively small organisations to cover student records alone, to enterprise-wide solutions that aim to cover most aspects of running large multi-campus organizations with significant local responsibility. Many systems can be scaled to different levels of activity, and can be configured by their home institutions to meet local needs.

The common functions of a student records system are to support the maintenance of personal and study information relating to:
*Handling inquiries from prospective students;
*Handling the admissions process;
*Enrolling new students and storing teaching option choices;
*Handling examinations, assessments, marks and grades and academic progression;
*Maintaining records of absences and attendance;
*Handling the award of credit or qualifications, graduation, and post-graduation contact with alumni.

In larger enterprise solutions that have student data at their core, further functions in finance, human resources, estates management and more may be catered for by the software.

Where national or government systems exist for student finance or statistical return purposes, student records system often provide functionality that caters for this, by way of modules or core elements that handle the production of required files, or deal with the formatted transfer of information. examples are the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process in the United States, the United Kingdom's Student Loans Company processes (SSAR, SSAC and ATFEE file processing), the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) in the United Kingdom, or the HESA and HESES student statistical returns in the United Kingdom.

In the past, universities in particular have created their own bespoke student record systems. One such example is the ROSI system at University of Toronto. With growing complexity in the business of educational establishments, many organisations now choose to buy customisable off-the-shelf software. Modern student information systems are usually server-based, with the application residing on a central computer server, and being accessed by client applications at various places within and even outside the school. Since the late 1990s, student information systems have been moving to the web. Some are entirely web-based (data entry and viewing), whereas others only allow viewing on the web of some information.

See also

* Management information system
* Comparison of student information systems


* [ California SIS]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Comparison of student information systems — FeaturesFeatures common to all software listed below include basic class scheduling and also* Student information system …   Wikipedia

  • Hong Kong Management Information System Association — Founded in 2011, the Hong Kong Management Information System Association (MISA) is a non profit organisation focused on developing Hong Kong s Information Technology (IT) industry. Members hail from a broad spectrum of Hong Kong s IT industry,… …   Wikipedia

  • National Education Information System — Hangul 교육행정정보시스템 Hanja 教育行政情報시스템 Revised Romanization …   Wikipedia

  • Information security — Components: or qualities, i.e., Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA). Information Systems are decomposed in three main portions, hardware, software and communications with the purpose to identify and apply information security… …   Wikipedia

  • Information Processes and Technology — (IPT) is the study of information systems and the processes and technology involved in them. IPT is also a subject offered to senior high school students in Australia in university entrance exams such as the HSC. It focuses on giving the student… …   Wikipedia

  • Student loans in the United Kingdom — British undergraduate and PGCE students can apply for a loan through their local education authority (LEA) in England and Wales, the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), or their local education and library board in Northern Ireland. The… …   Wikipedia

  • Student loans in New Zealand — New Zealand provides student loans and allowances to tertiary students who satisfy the funding criteria. Full time students can claim loans for both fees and living costs while part time students can only claim training institution fees. A non… …   Wikipedia

  • Student Activity Fee — According to the [ National Association for Campus Activities] , approximately 70 percent of the colleges and universities in the United States use student activity fees to fund campus groups and programs.Theses fees are… …   Wikipedia

  • Student's t-test — A t test is any statistical hypothesis test in which the test statistic follows a Student s t distribution if the null hypothesis is supported. It is most commonly applied when the test statistic would follow a normal distribution if the value of …   Wikipedia

  • System identification — In control engineering, the field of system identification uses statistical methods to build mathematical models of dynamical systems from measured data. System identification also includes the optimal design of experiments for efficiently… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”