Student Sunrise is a once-in-a-generation project that will replace many of the information systems that currently support WashU’s academic areas, reimagine operations in the academic and student support space, and seek to improve student outcomes and experiences during their time at WashU. The Student Sunrise project is managed by the Provost’s Office, and Provost Beverly Wendland is the project’s executive sponsor.
Why Student Sunrise
A central component of the project is replacing our Student Information Systems (SIS) and many additional student administrative systems with Workday’s Student platform. While our current SIS is old, fragile and in need of replacement, Student Sunrise is about much more than new technology. Through this project, we are rethinking how we serve our students in key areas like registration, advising, curriculum management and student financials. We’re examining the structures, processes and policies supporting how students register for classes, track their progress, get support and more. Another key outcome is to make it easier for faculty and staff to access quality data to make informed decisions related to our educational mission.
Our Workday Student implementation is at the heart of the Student Sunrise project.
Workday Student will serve as our foundational system to support student and academic operations at WashU. It will replace the 30+ systems that make up our Student Information System (SIS), including WebFAC, WebSTAC and WUCRSL, as well as many additional student support systems operated by our schools and units. Workday also will integrate with other university systems like Slate (undergraduate admissions) and PowerFAIDS (financial aid) to share data and complete core academic processes.
Consolidating many of our student tools into a single, integrated system will help streamline operations, reduce manual processes and provide faster, easier reporting for decision making. And because we’re buying a system instead of building our own, we can better support our systems while addressing schools’ and students’ evolving needs into the future.
Workday Student will go live through a series of launches during the 2024-25 academic year. Functionality will be made available based on when academic processes fall within the year.