Students at Fort Hays State University will take a historic leap toward greater electronic convenience and immediacy with the launch of the university's Web portal, TigerTracks, on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
The new TigerTracks portal will provide simplified, centralized access to many services, and each user can customize his or her portal environment. One username and password provide access to the computer services most frequently used by FHSU students: e-mail, Blackboard and the portal itself.
FHSU students who haven't yet done so should complete their TigerTracks registration before Wednesday by going to https://tigertracks.fhsu.edu/register/.
The TigerTracks portal will make campus communications easier through general and targeted announcements. Students will typically log in to the portal in the morning to check their e-mail, do assignments, make payments, do Internet searches and use other online services. The portal is a secure environment for many essential services. TigerTracks uses uPortal code, the most popular portal software for university use.
Students will log in to TigerTracks at https://tigertracks.fhsu.edu using the FHSU Central Authentication Service. CAS is open-source software designed and supported by a consortium of major universities and provides users with single sign-on capabilities for online services, requiring a log-in only once per browser session. Both TigerTracks and CAS are protected by 128-bit secure encryption from Verisign, so users can be assured that all information transmitted via CAS and TigerTracks is confidential and completely protected.
Students arriving at the TigerTracks home page will click on the CAS Secure Log-in button to access the log-in screen. The first log-in will present a default layout with information grouped under topic-oriented sections (tabs). Users can find previous on-line applications (Student Web Services) under the new heading of On-line Services.
The default layout provides a starting point for portal users. The site is customizable from the point of initial log-in. User preferences will be remembered by TigerTracks for all subsequent sessions.
Help documents for the portal are available on the Help tab of the TigerTracks home page and at http://www.fhsu.edu/ctc/helpdesk/tigertracks_info.shtml.
TigerTracks will continuously offer additional and improved functionality. Users should watch for TigerTracks Announcements on the TigerTracks home page for new and upcoming changes to the system. The launch for Phase II of TigerTracks, which will allow users to do on-line applications and registration, is planned for October. Phase II will include faculty/advisor functions such as class rosters and advisee rosters.
The emergence of the Internet as a popular source for information has been nowhere more evident than on college campuses, and FHSU is pleased to make this new technology available to greatly increase Internet convenience for its students. It will be expanded later to include faculty and staff.
TigerTracks was created by FHSU's Portal Development Team, with wide representation from students, faculty and staff.
FHSU constantly seeks ways to provide greater convenience for prospective students, current students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, and another project is in the works that will enhance electronic access to the university. A new and improved version of the Web site for the Virtual College will go on-line in March. University staff are working with Lipman Hearne, Inc. of Chicago to develop the updated site.