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- Why is Penn State replacing eLion?
- Why LionPATH?
- Will the look of the interface be modified in the near future?
- What browsers are compatible with LionPATH?
Why is Penn State replacing eLion?
eLion is the front-end Web portal for students to conduct business with the University. It is fed by ISIS, a system that is used by administrative offices to update student data and perform business transactions. ISIS was designed by Penn State in the early 1980s and reflected processes and University structure at that time. Now more than 30 years old, it is no longer serving the needs of Penn State.
After an extensive vetting process, Penn State decided that it was most cost effective and efficient in the long run not to build a new system in-house, but to purchase Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions to replace ISIS. Campus Solutions was chosen because it’s a mature product and was the only commercial solution scalable to Penn State’s size. It is used at more than 600 U.S. institutions, including six of Penn State’s Big Ten peers. LionPATH is the name that Penn State gave our version of Campus Solutions.
Will the look of the interface be modified in the near future?
As with any purchased software package, local customizations are both very costly and time-consuming. LionPATH is being implemented with as little changes as possible to the vendor-provided system. Instead, the time and resources for the project are focused on data accuracy and system functionality. In addition, adding customizations could cause potential problems each time an update from Oracle is pushed out.
A dedicated team of Penn State staff and external consultants have been working together since early 2014 to convert all of our data from ISIS into Campus Solutions and to configure the new system to conform to the way Penn State conducts business transactions for its student-related processes.
As Oracle continues to enhance the interface, Penn State, in turn, will integrate the vendor provided upgrades into LionPATH.
What browsers are compatible with LionPATH?
LionPATH is supported on specific versions of Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Edge as well as mobile versions of Safari (iOS) and Chrome (Android). Generally the latest version of the browser will be supported, along with specific earlier releases.
LionPATH is a PeopleSoft application, and is therefore dependent on the browser compatibility of the tools provided by PeopleSoft for displaying web pages. Web browsers are maintained and updated by the companies that own them and each browser has unique capabilities and limitations that can affect user experience. This is the nature of the Web. The list below shows the *minimum* versions of each browser that are supported in the current version of LionPATH.
Oracle has stated that when a browser has both a Rapid Release and Extended Support version, they will support the listed versions as well as subsequent Rapid Releases. So if Firefox is supported for 24 and 30, that would mean 24 is the ESL release currently supported, and if you are on Rapid Releases you must be at version 30 or above (most home users are on Rapid Release).
Occasionally bugs and problems will be introduced by new browser releases or updates to LionPATH. When these issues would prevent a particular browser from functioning or significantly degrade the experience, we will alert the community and work with Oracle to fix the issue as quickly as possible. Some issues may be dependent on a browser update from that vendor, over which we have no control. Again, when we become aware of the issue we will communicate and work to find a solution or work-around.
Generally speaking these are *minimum* versions for compatibility, from Oracle’s Support Page for Browser Certification with PT 8.54.x:
- Apple Safari: 6, 7, 8
- Apple Safari Mobile (iOS version): 7, 8.0, 9.0
- Google Chrome: 35
- Google Chrome Mobile (Android version):4.4, 5.0, 6.0
- Microsoft Edge: 20.10240
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: 9,10,11
- Mozilla Firefox: 24,30