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A New SPIRE Experience Coming Mon., 10/24

October 19, 2022

Starting October 24, 2022, members of the campus community will benefit from an updated interface and experience when using SPIRE, UMass Amherst’s student information system.

SPIRE will be unavailable from Saturday, October 22 at 8 a.m. until Monday, October 24 at 8 a.m. while UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT) rolls out the new look-and-feel.

After the update, students, faculty, and staff will be able to navigate to key SPIRE functions more easily using a new tile-based homepage and useful features like search.

SPIRE Interface Update Frequently Asked Questions

 


 

Find Your Way Around SPIRE

Faculty & staff: Your pages will have the same look and behavior as the classic interface, except the personal information pages, which will have the same look as the student personal information pages.
This update adds new features to help you find what you need more easily.  

Navigate the new SPIRE interface using:  

  • Homepage tiles for commonly used tasks

  • Search

  • Complete menu navigation includes all pages you already use in the same order.  


Students: Your pages have been redesigned to be mobile-friendly and more accessible to people with disabilities.

  • All pages are located under your Student Center tile for easy access. There is no menu.
  • Schedule Builder has not changed, but enrollment within SPIRE has.
    See this video for details.

List of Student Center tiles with associated pages

The new SPIRE experience responds to the needs of the campus community and is included in the university’s roadmap to optimize the delivery of administrative and information technology services. This roadmap prioritizes accessibility and usability, and ensures the most positive and productive digital experience.





 


 

Preview and Q&A Sessions for Staff & Faculty

Staff and Faculty: Get an overview of the updated SPIRE interface at a live Preview and Q&A session on Zoom. 
All sessions will use this Zoom meeting room 

  • Wednesday, October 19, 3 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 21, 1:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Monday, October 24, 10 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 25, 3:30 - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 26, 11 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, October 28, 3 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 31, 10:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 4, 10 - 10:30 a.m.

 


 

Prepare for a New SPIRE Login Experience

Planned future SPIRE improvements include updates to the login experience, to make it similar to other university services, such as email, Zoom, or learning management systems. Be sure to install the Microsoft Authenticator app for the most secure login method.   

 

Originally posted August 2022, updated September 2022.