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Program Overview

The Next Generation Student System (NGSS) program deployed the Pennant suite of applications, Pennant Accounts, Pennant Records, and Pennant Aid. This modern, flexible technology helps to advance Penn's mission of teaching, research, and service. The University's decentralized structure, along with the interdisciplinary strength that distinguishes Penn among its peers, demands core student information systems and work processes that facilitate collaboration across units, streamline administrative processes, and provide robust and friendly self-service capabilities.

Pennant Accounts, launched in 2015, comprises the core student-profile, the accounts-receivable application, and a Data Warehouse collection. The foundational software is based on Ellucian’s Banner technology, which replaced Penn’s Student Records System (SRS). Through this technological transformation, Pennant Accounts helps staff provide better service, help Schools and Centers make better decisions, and helps Penn make a greater impact.

The NGSS program released Pennant Records and Pennant Aid in 2022. Pennant Records has modernized student academic records and registration processes, and Pennant Aid is supporting Penn’s leadership in making an unsurpassed education accessible regardless of need.

Hundreds of members of the Penn community have contributed to the NGSS program's transformational advancements in Penn’s student-related electronic infrastructure. Work continues with an active team of more than sixty participants.

The graphics below provide a visual overview of the program: