Acquiring a Compass Account and Attending Training
The following sections are available regarding Compass Accounts:
Acquire an Account
To obtain a Compass Account, the following steps must be taken:
1) Complete the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) training: All Texas A&M employees must complete this training which can be found online at https://sso.tamus.edu. Once logged in to TrainTraq, click "Course Catalog" at the top of the browser and enter "FERPA" for the course name and complete the course.
2) Request a Compass Account: Once the FERPA course is completed, your Primary Authorizing Agent (PAA) will fill out a Compass Account Request Form and send it to the EIS Security and Training Team. The PAA will request the correct forms to which you will have access based on your job duties. When EIS receives the form, the TrainTraq database will be accessed to confirm the user has completed the FERPA training. If it has been completed, EIS will send you an email asigning you the Introductory Compass Navigation class which is also located in TrainTraq. The Introductory Compass Navigation training course number is 2111755. If the FERPA training has not been completed, EIS will send you an email and copy your PAA, telling you the training must be completed in order to be assigned the Introductory Compass Navigation class. The FERPA training documentation will still be required to be attached to the Compass Account Request Form for any potential account holder who cannot access HR Connect.
3) Complete the online Introductory Compass Navigation: Once you complete the online Introductory Compass Navigation Class, you will receive your Compass account.
Note: If you have never taken classes through Employee Development, you will need to create a profile prior to being able to register for the training. Under the TAMU Employee heading, click on New User and follow the instructions.
The Office of the Registrar has instructional guides on Records, Registration and Degree Audit posted at https://howdy.tamu.edu, on the Employee tab in the Compass User Training channel.
Scholarships & Financial Aid Training
Each Scholarship Administrator who will need access to award scholarships in SPARTA must complete New Scholarship Administrator Training in person with Scholarships & Financial Aid. In addition, complete SPARTA and SOLAR training. You will sign up for the trainings at https://sso.tamus.edu.
Training for Entering Department/College Scholarships and Fellowships in Compass (previously awarding in COMPASS) is available. In order to gain access to enter awards in SPARTA, all users must complete three trainings. New Administrator, SPARTA, and SOLAR Training.
Admissions has instructional videos and guides posted at http://howdy.tamu.edu , on the Employee tab in the Compass User Training channel.
Student Business Services Training
Student Accounts has instructional videos and guides posted at http://howdy.tamu.edu , on the Employee tab in the Compass User Training channel.
List of Assistant Business Dean Authorized for Tuition Waiver and Payments (TWAPMTS) Access Form.
Compass Reporting Training
The Enterprise Information Systems office provides training to college and departmental representatives in the Evisions ARGOS reporting tool.
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For more information, please contact EIS by sending an email to email@example.com.
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