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  Stars Upgrade

In August, 2012 this site (which was the Stars -site) became the new Stars production web site. One difference between the new and old sites is the menu system for the Stars Advising (Student Profile) module. Arguably, the new one is less aesthetically pleasing than the previous one. However, making it uglier was not our only goal (though we have succeeded admirably at that). Our intention was to make navigation somewhat easier by breaking up longer pages into smaller pages accessed by submenu selections. Some users liked it but there was definitely a contingent who did not. In response, we developed an alternative menu interface for the new Stars Advising module which captures the features of the original site (longer scrollable pages in addition to discrete submenu choices). You can now select your preference in menu styles from the footer of the new Advising module (and it will saved and become your default). If you have any questions or encounter any issues relating to these changes or the new site in general, please contact us at stars@wayne.edu.

Logon to the application using your WSU Access ID and Password. Logon is only possible when Banner, the LDAP server, and the STARS database are operational. Certain pages in STARS extract data from the T&ER databases. These pages will fail to display when those databases are not operational. Check the WSU System Status for the status of a variety of Wayne State applications and databases. Division and Department Advisor Managers, please logon from here.

  More Details

The new Stars site has been implemented on two more powerful servers, one for the website and the second for the database. Both servers have RAID configurations for greater stability and are running the Windows 2008 Operating Systems. Oracle 11g Database and Clients have been installed along with Netbackup software. Special thanks to Yufen (Lisa) Tan and Prashanth Nutakki for their efforts getting the systems up and running. Oracle and Microsoft don't always play nice but Lisa and Prashanth have somehow cajoled them into living together in peace (or at least not in open warfare) on the Stars servers. We'd also like to express our gratitude to Graydon Huffman, Kevin Hayes, Scotia Roopnarine, and Mike Lefkofsky for their help in dealing with firewall, network, security certificate, and backup issues.

  New Functionality

We gratefully acknowledge Registrar/Records Office personnel including Aaron Pobursky, Ken Harris, Kurt Kruschinska, Bob Poe, Rock Dunlap, Sue Garabedian, Zhen Fu and Shiying Zheng for their input and involvement in enhancements including:
  1. Display of student 1-card photos on the Student Profile (for Advisors' use) and Faculty Class Lists
  2. Links for instructors to their SET (Student Evaluation of Teaching) reports
  3. Drop-down menus and breakdown of menu areas in submenu pages
  4. A help system editable by appropriate advisors
  5. Delineation of new Security Roles (Student, Faculty/Instructor, Advisor, Manager) with access and links to Stars security profile(s) and login history
  6. AP Exam Scores implemented in the Testing Page and in a sub-report
  7. Integration of Financial Aid Award data into the advisor view in the Student Profile (Acad menu choice) and Reports Module.
  8. The beginning of the conversion of all reports into a consistent 3-step paradigm allowing the selection of a wide variety sub-reports and variables based on production and/or census data.
  9. Further development of Degree Audit
  10. Implementation of a Plan of Work module linked from the Degree Audit menu
Thanks to our colleagues in Testing and Evaluation Research, Laura Woodward, Hamid Siddiqui, and Tom Wilhelm (retired) for their considerable efforts in connection with the SET project. Credit goes to Gayle Reynolds, Zhen Fu, and Shiying Zheng for the excellent work on Degree Audit and to Carol Reinke Durand for her four-star How-To Videos. Last but certainly not least, we want acknowledge Linda Falkiewicz (Registrar) and Howard Shapiro (Associate Provost for Academic Affairs) for their ongoing support of this project.

We'd like to acknowledge Jonathan Stepherson, Susan Qi, and Joanne Xu of the Offices of the Provost and Budget who have given generous and reliable support for our production servers prior to the migration to the new servers. They will continue to assist with the servers during the transition and after they become the development servers.

As of Fiscal Year 2011-2012 (beginning October 1, 2011), Stars will move from the Registrar's Office to C&IT. Robert Berman will continue his role as Project Manager and the Registrar's Office will remain directly involved in the development of Stars. However, the connection with C&IT represents a unique opportunity to broaden the scope of Stars in consultation with and support of Joe Sawasky, Daren Hubbard, and the excellent technical staff of C&IT.

Stars is constantly evolving, so please continue to look for changes and improvements over time. Also, we encourage users to help guide Stars development by sharing any suggestions, complaints, or bug reports with us at stars@wayne.edu or directly to the project manager Robert Berman.

Stars

Stars is a web application that interacts with a collection of WSU databases. It is designed to enable convenient access to university data at both an individual and aggregate level for advising, retention efforts, curriculum tracking, and program evaluation.

Anyone with a valid WSU Access ID can logon to the Stars Student Profile with the default 'Student' status. Users with this status can view their own student data, but cannot access the reports module. WSU faculty and staff can request the additional access required to their job functions. More ...

The Stars web application draws data from a variety of sources. These include Banner, Testing and Evaluation Research (T&ER), Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), Early Academic Assessment database (EAA), WSU Online Directory (LDAP), and a custom Stars database.

Logon to the application using your WSU Access ID and Password. Logon is only possible when Banner, the LDAP server, and the STARS database are operational. Certain pages in STARS extract data from the T&ER databases and these pages will fail to display when those databases are not operational. Our database monitor currently shows that all databases are operational and STARS is working properly.

Reporting Errors

Stars, like its creators, is perfect, or at least 99.9 percent so. Nevertheless, you may occasionally encounter an unexpected or erroneous result. This is almost certainly due to someone else's mistake (for example, a data input error). If we discover an error and it is someone else's fault, you can rest assured that we will aggressively pursue the perpetrator, and when found, corrective action will be taken to the full extent of the law. On the other hand, in the unlikely event that there is an error in one of the Stars web pages, it is probably a very subtle and forgivable oversight. In this case, as is our custom, we will follow our uncompromising drive towards perfection and attend to it as soon as we can (or whenever). In any case, please let us know if you run into any problems as we have no other way of knowing.

Stars Student Profile

Data available through this application includes:

bullet Contact Information
bullet Student Comments (level of privacy determined by user)
bullet Academic Standing, General Student, Application, and Holds
bullet WSU Classes (academic history)
bullet Transfer Courses and Previous Education
bullet GPA Summaries
bullet General Education and Degree Audit
bullet Registration Detail (Fall 2002 and later)
bullet Early Academic Assessment Data

Stars Reports

We are constantly updating reports and adding new ones. The detail reports that provide list students enable drill-down to individual student profiles by clicking on the Student ID. As of the Summer of 2011 we have over 60 reports, some with an extensive collection of sub-reports.

  Degree Audit

This project is sponsored by Associate Provost Howard Shapiro and Registrar Linda Falkiewicz. The project personnel include: Prior to the implementation of Degree Audit, a basic form of the General Education compliance audit was periodically run by a member of the University Advising Center staff and the results displayed on the "Gen Ed/Curr" page on Stars. We have replaced this link with a "Degree Audit" link that gives the options to "View Previous Evaluation", "Generate New Evaluation", or run a "What-If Analysis". Currently the programs from the 2003-2007 undergraduate bulletins are available. Also available are the MBA programs. Please feel free to test them out. A short tutorial is available to show how it works. Our team is very interested in receiving feedback from students and advisors.

  Plan of Work (POW)

The POW enables a student and his or her Advisor to plan out the classes that the student will take towards a degree to be completed in a specified timeframe. Stars advisors have the capability of locking or unlocking a POW. The POW can be accessed as a submenu choice in Degree Audit Menu in the Student Profile. For further information, click the following link.

A Brief History of WSU Data Systems

As of Fall 2002, WSU moved from the SIS to the Banner System. SIS was used from Winter 1998 until Spring/Summer 2002 and a large majority of the data has now been converted to Banner. Prior to 1998, the TP system was used. Data in that system was not maintained after the end of each semester so is not completely reliable (though is largely correct). The TP Conversion Project was initiated by WSU to convert TP transcript data into Banner. With just a few exceptions, all students who registered since Winter 2001 have had their TP data cleaned and converted to Banner.

Stars Presentations

bullet Cohort Tracking Tool - October 27, 2006
bullet MAIE Conference - April 14, 2005
bullet SCT/Banner Summit Presentation - March 31, 2004
bullet WSU Associate Deans - September 16, 2003
bullet WCCCD Conference - Early Academic Assessment - October 28, 2008
bullet Cohort Tracking Tool - March 24, 2009
bullet Academic Advising Summit - Advising Tools 1010 - March 30, 2012
bullet Introduction to the CTT (ASC) - May 10, 2012
bullet The Stars Faculty Module - May 10, 2012
bullet The Faculty and Reports Modules of Stars - November 13, 2012
bullet Stars for Advising (Training) - December 5, 2012
bullet Stars Reports Training - February 15, 2013
bullet Stars Update - ASPDC - November 20, 2013

A Brief History of Stars

In 2003, we changed our name from Student Retention and Advising System (Sras) to Student Tracking, Advising, and Retention System (Stars), The new name is much perkier, easy to remember, and sounds less like a potentially lethal disease. (More ...)



Contact the project manager R. Berman with any issues or questions.