Over the years, CSU campuses have employed a variety of administrative information system software applications that had become increasingly difficult and costly to maintain. To address this problem, the CSU chose to leverage its
size by moving to a single software platform. Three administrative modules make up the CMS platform: the Human Resources Information System (HR), the Financial Information System (Finance), and the Student Administration
System (SA). These systems are integrated to provide maximum utility and flexibility.
CMS provides students improved ability to accomplish a wide range of tasks more efficiently, e.g., verifying admission status, checking on grades, monitoring progress toward graduation, and obtaining financial aid information and status. Through CMS, faculty can retrieve up-to-date academic records for advising students. In addition, the systems give departments better tools for managing the retention, tenure, and promotion process and for recruiting and hiring new faculty. CMS gives staff improved access to online information such as purchasing, budget, and expenditure status.