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December 2016: ITS Connect

News Story

An important Kronos upgrade, utilizing Starfish, Open Education Resources, and more from ITS.

Kronos Is Going JAva Free!

The days of wresting with Java to access to timesheets are over. What does this mean? This upgrade will introduce new and exciting features, including:

>>Simplified historical edits (for timecard approvers)
>>Improved timecard approval visualization
>>New genie enhancements (for timecard approvers)
>>Improved Payroll and Administrator processes

Please mark these important dates on your calendars:

Tuesday, January 10th & Wednesday, January 11th:

Kronos will be unavailable for time entry/manager approval

Thursday, January 12th:

New Kronos version available

Several webinars will be offered throughout January and computer based training videos will be available for continuous use. They will provide:

>> An overview of the new features
>> A review of the updated layout
>> An opportunity for end users to ask questions

Questions? Please contact the Financial Information Systems (ext. 22899, or Payroll staff (ext. 22898, or visit the Finance and Planning website for more information.


After a successful pilot of Starfish and the Academic Progress Reports for athletes, first-year students, and veterans, the University is now embarking to fully launch this fall 2016.

What are the benefits of Starfish?

  • >> You can praise or recognize excellent academic performance with "kudos".
  • >> Enables advisers, faculty, and others, including students themselves, to raise "flags" and share information. Assists in identifying students at risk (academically, financially, or personally) in order to provide appropriate support.
  • >> Enter and view information and notes from multiple sources in a central location.
  • >> It provides access to see your student's "success network", allowing you to view their adviser, other faculty, and/or coaches for the semester.
  • >> Track your attendance and run your own attendance reports for your class.
  • >> It is a notification system that allows for designated individuals and offices to be notified via email or text message once a kudo or concern is raised.
  • >> It allows your student to easily "raise your hand" to request support in your class.

What is available in the fall?
Designated advisers, faculty, staff, and student-facing offices have access to Starfish. Please note that access to the system is based on role and interaction with students. All students also have access to Starfish. There will be various communications outreach and training provided to faculty and students. To access Starfish, log on at


OER stands for Open Education Resources. The key word being open, referring to that fact that OER are academic materials in the public domain. The OER movement is based on the principle that information should be shared and intellectual collaboration should be encouraged.

On average, students spend $1,100 on course materials annually. This bloated price tag restricts access to education for traditional low-income students and non-traditional, continuing education students with dependents.

One form of OER are eTextbooks which educators can redistribute and remix to fit their unique classroom needs. OERs can be used to supplement or replace increasingly expensive traditional course materials. Our University librarians have comprised a collection of open access resources. This includes open textbooks, audiovisual learning modules, e-journal, and miscellaneous other resources.

You can view the Pace Library Open Access LibGuide at