Workday Student

Starting with Fall 2021 registration in March, Simmons Student Information System (SIS) functions begin their move to Workday. Simmons current SIS, known to most as Colleague or AARC, will be retired and its data migrated and maintained. Workday Student will bring a modern system that is social, mobile, and flexible; meeting today’s expectations and plotting a strategic course for the future.


Workday Student’s release in March begins the final phase of Simmons Workday implementation, joining human resources and financial functions already processed in Workday. Students and faculty in traditional “on-the-ground” programs will begin using Workday in March with Fall 2021 registration. New students starting in Fall 2021 will begin their Simmons academic careers in Workday. Some online programs will begin using Workday at this time with all transitioning by the end of their 2020-2021 academic year.

Strategic Change

Simmons move to Workday Student represents a major change in the way we perform our student related business. We are making this move not for the sake of change — but strategically — implementing an advanced, extendable system based on academic best practices. In moving to Workday Student, Simmons benefits from the experience of other institutions who have gone before us, including Wellesley, Bentley, and California College of the Arts. As an early adopter of the platform, we have had the opportunity to collaborate with other institutions and Workday on the development of the system, ensuring the product meets our particular requirements. In deploying the product, we have leveraged our internal expertise gained through our implementations of Workday’s Human Resources and Finance applications. Bringing these together with Workday Student will provide one cohesive, integrated experience for academic and administrative computing.

What to expect in Workday Student

For Students

  • Registration, grades, and transcripts

  • Mobile device access

  • Academic plan development

  • Degree requirements progress tracking

For Faculty

  • Class rosters and grading

  • Mobile device access

  • Roster photos

  • Unified Workday experience with HR and Finance

For Staff

  • Student academic and financial records processing

  • Applying and removing student holds

  • Improved process routing between student facing offices

Stay tuned for opportunities to learn more about Workday Student including demos, Q&A sessions, brown bag lunches, and more. For questions about Workday Student, please reach out to workdaystudent@simmons.edu

November, 2020 Technology Newsletter

Employee Request Remote Work Arrangements

Employees who have discussed flexible or hybrid remote work arrangements with their managers can Request remote work arrangements through Workday.

Request: Use the Request Flexible Work Arrangement task in Workday to start a request. Once the questionnaire is completed and Remote Work Policy is reviewed, the request is routed to your Manager, Vice President/ Dean, and HR for approval.

Additional Workday links such as End My Flexible Work Arrangement available from Employee Quicklinks on the homepage.