Like the Cheshire Cat written about by Lewis Carroll, the MyCat web portal for the Western Carolina community will fade away at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 28, but without leaving even a grin behind it.
At noon that day the new portal, myWCU, will come to life, providing even more access to online services and information than its predecessor ever could.
“The new myWCU portal is based on the Microsoft SharePoint product,” said Dan Berk, WCU’s associate chief information officer and director of IT applications and systems information technology. “It provides a platform for applicants, students, faculty, and staff to access data and links to many systems including Banner, Blackboard, Office365, 25Live and more. This is phase one of a multiyear effort to implement a productivity and collaboration platform upon which many new capabilities can be added,” he said.
Berk indicated that getting to these tools on myWCU should be easy. “It is accessed at mywcu.wcu.edu by logging in with your WCU ID – which is everything before your ‘@wcu.edu’ credentials,” he said.
“The portal was built on a mobile friendly platform, making it accessible by devices of many differing sizes: laptops, desktops, tablets or smartphones,” Berk said.
More information is available on a self-guided PowerPoint slideshow and a very short video outlining myWCU’s capabilities from a link on the new portal’s home page. “In addition, we have incorporated pop-ups on several items within each portal – definitions for CatCash elements, system names for Quick Links and other prompts,” he said.
Some users of the new portal will have passwords expiring in the days surrounding the launch of the new portal. Berk advised that there is no cause for worry. “There’s no need to change your current password reset schedule,” he said.
The new portal has been a collaborative creative effort of many on campus for about a year. Berk expressed appreciation to “many hundreds of people who helped build and shape this effort through their participation in building, testing, and providing feedback at demos, focus groups and training sessions over the last year.”