Campus Wide Initiatives

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Banner 9

If you’ve heard about Banner 9, you likely thought it was just another routine upgrade to Banner. According to vendor Ellucian, however, it “is no ordinary upgrade.
“It delivers a fresh user experience, all new tools, and significantly improved capabilities across Banner, driving new efficiencies so you can focus on student success,” the company stated.
Banner 9’s new user interface, known as Application Navigator (or App Nav), replaces underlying Banner 8 technology being phased out—including Oracle Forms—and eliminates the need to run Java in the browser. Oracle Forms and Java are the technologies that you are using when you log in to the current Banner 8 INB system.  On Banner 9, what used to be referred to as INB instead will be referred to as the Admin Pages, which are like web pages of the old INB forms. 

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Multi-factor Authentication

With more MTSU systems using single sign-on (SSO) services, it has never been more important to protect your MTSU account from unauthorized access. SSO services make it easier to access MTSU systems using a common user name and password. However, this also means the risk associated with a compromised user name and password significantly increases. Phishing attacks, malware, and social engineering constantly target the University population with the intent of stealing users’ credentials to gain unauthorized access to MTSU systems. While users should always create strong passwords to protect against unauthorized access, passwords alone are simply no longer a sufficient means of authentication. As a result, MTSU now offers Multi-factor Authentication services to protect your MTSU account. This means systems using SSO services will require a second factor of authentication in addition to a password. So if hackers compromise your password, they would still need a second factor, like your phone, to complete an authentication request.

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Campus Wired Network Project​

MTSU Network Services is continually updating the campus wired network. Projects include expanding the inter-building fiber network, adding additional port connectivity in specific buildings, and upgrading older equipment no longer capable of supporting the demand for more bandwidth and security. Each year, TAF and ITD fund upgrades on selected buildings that need network improvements. Over the last two years there has also been major changes to the core network by adding network electronics that work together to create redundant building connectivity with 40Gbps interconnections. The wireless core network was also upgraded in anticipation of additional wireless traffic generated by the expansion of wireless networking in all campus buildings. 

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MTSU Network Services is continuing an expansive project to provide complete wireless network coverage to the main campus. The project began with the College of Education receiving the first wireless upgrade in support of several student success initiatives in that building.  Each room was surveyed to determine if the current wireless coverage was adequate in terms of signal strength and call capacity. The data was then modeled in special software, pinpointing the exact locations of where wireless access points were needed throughout the building to meet the new performance standards of MTSU Networking Services. Through funding provided by the Information Technology Division, the College of Education Building wireless network was completed, providing enhanced coverage and excellent capacity to handle many more wireless devices, including smartphones, laptops, and tablets.