April 5, 2016

SIS Update: Class roster, grading, and more in CalCentral | Bear Facts is going away

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016

Dear UC Berkeley Instructors,

Berkeley’s new Student Information Systems’ (SIS) implementation is well underway and students are beginning to use CalCentral as their new front-end portal for accessing all of their information on admissions, enrollment, financials, records, and more -- all in one place.

Over the coming months, we will go through significant changes to make this important work possible. The SIS team and key campus partners from across all areas have been working very hard to make it a smooth transition for everyone. However, despite best efforts, we know that not everything will work perfectly at first. As it is to be expected of any project of this magnitude and impact, there will be bugs, issues will be raised, and fixes will be needed.

All students, and every staff and instructor who supports students, will be impacted. As we move through this change, we ask that you please stay involved, be patient, and be supportive of one another and of those around you.

Ultimately, our goal for the campus is to consolidate and modernize over 100 disparate systems into one integrated SIS solution, so we can better serve our students with more reliable, accurate, and secure student systems and data. If you haven’t yet, please take a moment to watch the short new SIS video to learn more about the project. By September 2016, SIS will have replaced Tele-BEARS, Bear Facts, MyFinAid, CARS, DARS, and many other existing systems, as SIS becomes Berkeley’s new fully integrated student information system of record.

Beginning with fall semester 2016 registration, you will access all of your instructor class information, roster, and grading needs through CalCentral. The SIS project team has created a set of online resources to help the campus community through this transition, including SIS StudentsInstructorsAdvisors, and Reporting webpages. They will be updating these webpages regularly with the latest information, dates, and resources available for you.

Thank you for your patience and collaboration as we work to improve UC Berkeley’s student experience.


Cathy Koshland
SIS Executive Steering Committee and Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Education

Fiona Doyle
SIS Steering Council Co-Chair and Dean, Graduate Division

Bob Jacobsen
SIS Steering Council Co-Chair and Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Letters & Science and Professor of Physics