California State University System Receives 2004 Computerworld Honors for Medal of Achievement for CMS Project

Case Study will be archived in 36 countries as leading example of how IT is used in Education & Academia to benefit society

San Francisco, CA April 4, 2004 – The California State University system has submitted a case study on the Common Management System (CMS) which officially became part of the Computerworld Honors Collection on Sunday, April 4, when the 2004 Collection was formally presented to the Global Archives, and the California State University system was presented with the Medal of Achievement in San Francisco City Hall.

“The Computerworld Honors Medal of Achievement is presented annually to men and women around the world who have made outstanding progress for society through the visionary use of information technology,” said Patrick J. McGovern, Chairman of the Computerworld Honors Chairmen’s Committee and founder of International Data Group.

Craig Conway, president and chief executive officer of PeopleSoft and member of The Chairmen’s Committee, nominated the California State University system for inclusion in the 2004 Education & Academia category. Their case study now becomes part of a collection of case studies from 54 countries.

Hilary J. Baker, senior director for the Common Management System (CMS) project, was nominated by Conway to submit the CMS case study. Once nominees submit their case studies, they are regarded as Laureates and are honored at an annual Medal Presentation Ceremony in San Francisco, which took place at noon, April 4th, at San Francisco City Hall.

The 2004 Collection, which will now be archived in libraries, museums, academic and research institutions around the world, will serve as primary source material for scholars and as a resource for individuals who hope to use information technology to create solutions to address their own challenges.

“The Class of 2004 continues an outstanding tradition of IT innovation in which service to real people doing important work in the real world takes precedence over anything else,” according to Executive Director Daniel Morrow. “These Laureates are a source of pride and inspiration.”
The overview of this case study reads:

America’s largest senior higher education system with more than 400,000 students and 44,000 faculty members establishes a unified and integrated administrative system, increasing efficiency while providing better service to students.

“Each year, Computerworld Honors identifies and recognizes individuals around the world whose visionary use of information technology produces and promotes positive social, economic and educational change,” said Bob Carrigan, President and Publisher of Computerworld. “The innovators represented in this Collection have been recognized by the leading IT industry Chairmen as true revolutionaries in their fields.”

Case studies from the 2004 Computerworld Honors Collection will be available at, the official site of the Computerworld Honors Program, where the entire Collection is available to scholars, researchers and the general public worldwide. In addition, the Collection is distributed annually to the Honors Program's Archival Partners around the world. These partners include some of the world's finest research and scholarly institutions, each of which has generously agreed to include the Collection in its archives.

Each year, the Computerworld Honors Chairmen's Committee nominates organizations that are using information technology to improve society for inclusion in the Computerworld Honors Online Archive and the Collections of the Global Archives. The Global Archives represents the 100 plus institutions from more than thirty countries that include the Computerworld Honors Collection in their archives and libraries.

Founded in 1988/89, the Computerworld Honors Program searches for and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership as they strive to use information technology in innovative ways across ten categories: Business and Related Services; Education and Academia; Environment, Energy and Agriculture; Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; Government and Non-Profit Organizations; Manufacturing; Media, Arts and Entertainment; Medicine; Science; and Transportation.

For further information please contact:
Emily Seal, Computerworld Honors Foundation, 703-481-1804,

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Last Updated: April 5, 2004

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