The ITS Office's Historical Background


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2004

Faculty Web Sites
Faculty members were provided the facility to have their professional web sites hosted at the DLSU-M servers. Information about a faculty member’s degrees earned, professional experience, professional organization memberships, awards and recognitions, specializations, and research projects and publications may be made accessible to the viewing public, in addition to the on-line Faculty Information System (FIS).

Help Desk Web Site
The Help Desk web site was reorganized and redesigned through the use of cascading style sheets (CSS). As a result, loading time became faster and options to view information in three (3) designs were made possible.

Improved On-line Search Engine
The search engine technique for the top keywords searched as reflected in statistics, was made more efficient. Automatic redirection to the page which contains the information about the top 10 keywords occurs, instead of displaying a list of related links.

Library’s Millennium Web Catalog
Together with the upload of patron records of faculty and students, the new library system had better index ability for specific searches on circulation, serials, acquisition, cataloging, on-line public access cataloging, and the base system modules.

New Anti-virus (AV) for PCs and Servers
The DLSU System secured a contract on the use of Trend Micro’s Office Scan for Microsoft Windows 9x/NT4/2003/2004 platforms. This had anti-spam and gateway protection features. The contract also included ScanMail for the Exchange e-mail server.

New Wireless Information Services (WISe) Web Site
The redesigned WISe web site was beefed up with more information on technologies such as wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi), wireless local area network (WLAN), personal digital assistants (PDAs), pocket personal computers (pocket PCs), flash memory modules and standard cellular phones. This was done to showcase applications that provide University information wirelessly and to have a repository of information about mobile computing.

On-line Query Utilities
Searching the DLSU database of course, degree and school information by authorized users was made accessible through the My.LaSalle (MLS) Portal.

On-line Submission of Grades
Submission of final grades by faculty members was made accessible on-line. On finals week, a faculty member could encode computed grades, submit the grades to the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) on-line and upon confirmation, would be viewable to the student.

On-line Form for Change/Completion of Grade (OCG)
The change/completion of grade online process used by faculty members was improved to include verification and validation of grades against the original grade of the student in the electronic records. Its enhancement also included the verification of the courses taken up by the student in the corresponding school year and term. Part of its improvement included the provision of recognized justifications for the need to request for the change/completion of grade. The report about the previous changes or completion of grades done by the faculty was also made viewable online. For changes done on or before the set date, the OCG was programmed to print the two required signatories - the Department Chair and the University Registrar, on the form. For changes submitted beyond the deadline, OCG automatically adds the VPAR and EVP to the previously mentioned signatories on the form, after which the form undergoes the manual procedure.

Electronic Request for Documents
The online process of the request for documents such as certifications and transcript of records from the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) was launched this year. The electronic form required information about the requesting person, the preferred mode of delivery and online payment. It also included a tracking system where OUR staff update the status of the request. The requesting party may check the status of the request at any given time. The document is mailed to the address specified by the requesting party.

Student Records Management (SRM) System
The SRM System was migrated to Oracle 9i for better reliability and easier mobile and wireless computing.

Total Quality Management (TQM) Modules
The Process Review and Improvement Office (PRIO) created new training modules to enhance the TQM process in the University. Strategic planning and performance objective setting, and process re-engineering modules were added to guide members of the academic community to work effectively towards the achievement of the University Mission-Vision.

Web-based Faculty Scholarly Output Module
Faculty members were given access to update their scholarly data such as printed research, creative works, exhibits, paper presentations, trainings conducted, among others, through an on-line system.

Windows Server 2003
The MS Windows Server 2003 replaced the MS Windows Server 2000 for better IT operations. Its new features include group policy management, better Internet Information Service (IIS) and connection firewall, and secure wireless local area network (WLAN), among others.

Wireless Hotspots
The Computer Facilities and Operations Office (CFO) completed the installation of wireless hotspots in more than 30 locations in campus. Wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) technology allowed computers with wireless LAN card/adapter to be connected to the Internet while remaining mobile. This project is an expansion of the DLSU wireless network, which was installed in 2001.

Virtual Servers
ITC implemented virtual servers to further improve the availability of its services and resilience of its infrastructure. The use of virtual server technology likewise improves cost efficiency within ITC. ITC will continue to take advantage of this technology in the implementation of its long-term IT plan.