Over the past several years, we have come to refer to the Washington State University student information system and the electronic gateway to a wide arrange of systems and services as “zzusis.”

That name originated during a naming contest held early in the student information system replacement project. At the time, it was a catchy way to refer to the new student-focused system. Over time, however, it has inaccurately evolved into the de facto name of WSU’s entire information portal, and that is creating confusion among students, faculty and staff.

In fact, the WSU portal is much more than the entry point to the student information system. It is the gateway to a variety of electronic resources and services, including the learning management system, course evaluation, system, payroll and campus news and information, among others. And, as the portal expands and evolves over time, it will become an electronic, one-stop shop for the majority of our university systems and services.

With this in mind, I have asked Matt Skinner, associate vice president for enterprise systems, to reach out to the university community via the appropriate leadership groups to vet a proposal to rename the WSU portal and coordinate the transition university wide. I propose that we return to the “myWSU” nomenclature, which is more commonly understood by all members of our university community and better reflects the variety of resources and services available via the portal.

Recognizing the planning and coordination that renaming the portal will entail throughout the institution and all of its campuses, the effort will begin this spring and continue into early fall 2015. I thank you in advance for your assistance in this endeavor.