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What is Workday@Simmons?

Workday is an innovative, cloud-based software solution which replaced older systems, such as Colleague and AARC, as of Fall 2021. The majority of Academic, Financial, Human Resources, and many other processes now take place in a single system: Workday.

Some specialty Academic software - including Moodle and Starfish - continues to be used.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Workday project was to transform, modernize, and simplify administrative processes at Simmons in order to improve workflows, ensure data accuracy and transparency, and strengthen the University’s position in the higher education marketplace to ensure long-term success.

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  • Align our technology with our business needs

  • Improve employee and student access to information

  • Reduce long-term costs

  • Increase our competitiveness in the marketplace

  • Integrate with the aims of Strategy 2015 & 2022

Phased Transition

  • Phase I was focused on Human Capital Management (HCM) and Payroll and was completed in 2015

  • Phase II was focused on Financials and went live in 2017

  • Phase III was focused on Student Information and went live in 2021