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About the LASER Project

This page covers Frequently Asked Questions about K-State's LASER Project.

What does LASER stand for?

LASER stands for Legacy Application Systems Empowered Replacement, and it is part of the largest information integration initiative at Kansas State University. The primary objective of LASER is to replace existing financial accounting and student information systems with new applications. This charge has university-wide implications, given the existence of countless shadow systems and numerous business procedures across campus. The LASER Project will be accomplished through a multi-departmental effort and the additional leadership of Oracle and PeopleSoft personnel. Jennifer Gehrt serves as project director.


K-State has been operating under an increasingly antiquated system. The primary benefit of LASER is to increase information accessibility and technical capabilities for faculty, staff, and students.

How will the LASER project affect me?

The LASER project will affect all K-State students, faculty, and staff. The new applications will allow K-State to expand the technical and functional capabilities of both the financial management system and the student information system.

Financial and accounting includes all procedures that fall under daily business tasks of the university. This means anything from a simple re-order of supplies, to office budgeting and sales tax reporting, and more. The core legacy systems under the Financials umbrella are

  1. Financial Records System (FRS)
  2. Departmental systems

The student side of the LASER project will affect all aspects in the recruitment, enrollment, and maintenance of undergraduate and graduate students, from applying and registering for classes to accessing grades and paying for tuition online. The systems affected by the replacement project include:

  1. Student Information System (SIS)
  2. Financial Aid Management System (FAMS)
  3. Billing and Receivables System (BRS)
  4. Departmental systems