The university has chosen Workday Student to replace SIS, as well as many of our other fragile, outdated student systems. The adoption of Workday will address many of our current challenges related to system gaps and data inconsistencies.

Future systems landscape

Over time, WashU’s student information environment has increasingly struggled to support our operational and informational needs. Our schools and units have implemented more than 100 different systems to fill functionality gaps. 

Approximately 30 of these systems are part of WashU’s student information system (SIS), a complex matrix of separate but connected systems and applications, like WebSTAC, WebFAC and course listings. SIS acts as the official record of the university, containing academic records and data for all WashU students.

While approximately 80 systems will be replaced by Workday Student, PowerFAIDS, Slate or another system, some of our current systems will remain in use. For example, Workday Student will replace all advising systems, but we will continue to use Canvas for learning management. 

Learn how we determined which systems will be replaced or retained »


Of the systems being retained, some will have connections, or integrations, to share data directly with Workday. For example, we are integrating Workday with Slate to pull in new student information from admissions. 

Learn about integrations, including the process to set them up »


Implementing Workday Student will simplify not only our student system landscape but also our reporting. Much of the data needed to support day-to-day student and academic operations will be easily accessible in one system, and Workday Student offers multiple ways to access, view and organize that data to help you find the information you need.

Learn about reporting with Workday »

Data Governance

As we configure Workday, the Sunrise team is collaborating with the Office of Data Governance to catalog academic and student terminology. These terms will have common definitions to help faculty and staff better understand and leverage WashU’s data.

Learn why data governance matters »

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