November 3, 2003 Vol. VIII, No. 6

SOLAR Administration System Up and Running

Cal State Northridge's change to a new student administration system called SOLAR (Student On-Line Administrative Resources) is complete as of October 20, with all three software components fully operational.

SOLAR is part of the common management system mandated for all California State University campuses. All Northridge faculty will use the SOLAR grading module - the third and final phase of the changeover - to enter students' grades into the system. The module is ready for use by faculty, who begin recording grades in December. In preparation, workshops with hands-on and presentation-style training will be offered from Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Dec. 12. Open labs will be available to faculty from Monday, Dec. 15 through Friday, Dec. 19.

Web-based training and printed documentation for the student grading module will be available beginning November 17 on the SOLAR Support Web site ( In the first phase of the switchover, teams from Admissions and Records, Information Technology Resources and Institutional Research provided hands-on training in the use of the SOLAR module to build schedules of classes. The second phase covered the new SOLAR Student Inquiry and Advisement software.

For more than ten years, the Northridge campus used several legacy systems to maintain information about curriculum, course catalogs, class schedules, faculty assignments, student admission, registration and course work, financial aid information as well as university cash services information. The SOLAR system combines these separate systems, enhancing users' ability to manage the processes.

For more information, contact the SOLAR support office at x7267 or at, or visit the SOLAR support Web site at

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