Human Resources Service Center

Common Human Resources System (CHRS)

Welcome to CHRS

The Common Human Resources System (CHRS) project is a California State University project with the goal of transforming the Human Resources business processes and practices and consolidating individual campus database instances into a single, centrally managed system. In addition to providing standard business process and standardized data across the CSU, the project includes expanded services for Academic Personnel and an HR Data Warehouse.

Over the last several years campus has been working on preparing for CHRS through meetings with project experts who are guiding campuses on upcoming system changes and data clean up through Position Papers. Module documentation that is guiding the design also provides information to understand what will be different in CHRS compared to our current PeopleSoft system.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact the CHRS Project team at One of the following staff members will assist you:

Rebecca Cagle

Role: CHRS Project Manager

Dana Shepherd

Role: Subject Matter Expert Lead

Jessica Anderson

Role: Subject Matter Expert Lead

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  • Why CHRS?
    • CHRS will streamline HR business processes and best practices
    • Enhanced reporting to support data driven decision-making
    • Users will experience improved HR applications
    • Current software (PeopleSoft 9.0) is unsustainable and unsupported
    • CHRS positions us to move to future technologies more easily
    • Streamlined practices and processes will result in efficiencies and cost savings
    • Standardization supports resources sharing between campuses

    Peoplesoft and CSU Customizations equals CHRS

    CHRS includes the following modules and elements:

    CHRS Modules and Elements

  • When is CHRS Happening?

    Campuses and Timelines - Campuses are grouped into sets called "Waves" for implementation of CHRS.  Our university is in Wave 3 along with Sacramento State and CSU San Bernardino. Wave 1 campuses are CSU Fullerton and CSU Stanislaus. Wave 2 campuses are CSU Channel Islands and Cal Maritime.  Waves 1 and 2 are currently targeted to go live in November 2023.

    Chico State has been selected for Wave 3 of implementation for CHRS. Wave 3 targeted go live is November 2024.  Below is the current timeline:

    Timeline for Wave 3:

    CHRS Timeline

    Campus Implementation Cycle:

     CHRS Implementation Cycle

  • Who is involved with CHRS?

    To view tools and resources used for the CHRS project please refer to the Chico CHRS Implementation Team Resources(opens in new window) file.

    Project Team
    Executive SponsorSheryl WoodwardAssociate Vice President, Staff Human Resources
    IT SponsorMonique SendzeVice President, Information Technology
    Managing SponsorsSheryl WoodwardAssociate Vice President, Staff Human Resources
    Mahalley AllenAssociate Vice President, Academic Personnel
    Project ManagerRebecca CagleDirector of Payroll and HRIS
    Academic Project ManagerMichael GonsalvesCollege & Contract Analyst
    IT LeadDarin WiltIT Project Manager
    Change ManagerShannon RoskoskyDirector of Project & Change Management
    Accessibility LeadJeremy OlguinDirector of Technology Equity and Inclusion
    Communications LeadJatinder SandhuManager of Communications & Partnership Development
    Reporting Administrators / Data CoordinatorsDoug WilsonIT Consultant
    Aldine KillianAnalyst/Programmer
    Tricia DouthitSenior Director
    Integration TestersRich CarrilloCS - Assistant Registrar
    Linda NelsonCS - Admin Analyst Specialist
    Jarrett MorgadoCFS - Analyst/Programmer
    Mark AxtellCS - Analyst/Programmer
    Kate KelleyCFS - Accountant
    Rebecca JoynerCFS - Budget Analyst
    Anna MagañaCFS - Assistant Director, University Budget
    IT SupportScott KodaiDirector of Enterprise Applications
    Chris WitthansInformation Security Officer
    Casey DarrIT Consultant

    Subject Matter Experts and Leads

    Dana ShepherdHRIS Analyst Lead
    Jessica AndersonHRIS Analyst Lead
    Kristen CurtisDirector of Talent Management
    Doug WilsonInstitutional Research and Strategic Analysis
    Robin YantAssistant Director, Academic Personnel
    Anna MagañaDirector University Budget
    Alison ChristensenPayroll Director
    Rebecca JoynerBudget Analyst
    Jody StrongDirector of Benefits, Employee Leaves & Worker's Compensation
    Lori AdrianBenefits Analyst
  • How will this affect me?

    All Employees 

    • CHRS will bring a new look and feel to all PeopleSoft HR pages. These changes will be similar to current CS and CFS environments, including fluid pages, tiles, new navigation, and responsive design. 
    • Employees will have access to their information 24/7 and use a simple, intuitive system to update their home and mailing address, emergency contact, phone numbers, disability status, ethnicity information, preferred name, gender information, and Paycheck Designee in Employee Self Service. Employee Self-service pages will have a different look and feel.  
    • Maintaining your own personal data – No more forms!

    Staff and Faculty 

    • Full eBenefits (including Employee Self Service) pages will have a different look and feel. Employees will be able to complete the bulk of their benefit transactions, including printing the dependent verification forms (APCR, DPCR, Dependent Re-verification Affidavit), online through Self-Service
    • Requesting Vacation, Sick Leave, Personal Holidays.
    • Viewing and approving your current and future Vacation, Sick Leave, Personal Holiday, and other balances. 


    • Simplified view of temporary appointment information through Self-Service. 

    Student Employees

    • Ability to enter and view YOUR own hours worked. 

    Administrative Users (Including: Managers, Leads, Timekeepers, and Attendance Clerks) 

    • Ability to review, update and approve hours worked.  
    • Viewing your employees’ current and future Vacation, Sick Leave, Personal Holiday, and other balances.
    • Business email addresses ( will be stored in a new location in CHRS, rather than on the employee's profile. This is to ensure that important notifications still go to the correct business email.  Business email will remain unchanged in other applications such as Account Center, Directory, Outlook, etc. 
    • All Position Numbers will be reassigned a new number at time of conversion. Crosswalks listings will be available.
    • All employees in CHRS will have a new systemwide CHRS Employee ID and new User ID (20 + Chico State ID) based on their current campus ID number in addition to their campus Chico State ID.

    As the project progresses more details will be provided regarding change impacts by employee type (i.e. Faculty, Deans & Chairs, Managers, Employees, and HR Staff)

  • What is the difference between CHRS and CHRS Recruiting?
    • CHRS Recruiting is the first piece of the Common Human Resources System
    • Although CHRS Recruiting is built on a different platform (PageUp vs PeopleSoft), it is part of CHRS because it is common to all CSU campuses
    • CHRS Recruiting is one module, focused on attracting, hiring and onboarding new employees
    • The other workstreams in CHRS are focused on other HR tasks
    • CHRS Recruiting has already been implemented on our campus, and only effects those involved with recruiting or hiring
    • CHRS is a much larger implementation that will impact nearly all staff and faculty

                                                                            CHRS Components

  • Where can I ask questions or find additional information?
    Additional Resources

    All CSU Employees have access to the Chancellor's Office CHRS website and can login with their campus credentials to view updates regarding the project. CHRS News(opens in new window) updates and newsletters are provided on the right navigation bar.

    Need More Information?

    Ask CHRS to email questions directly to the CHRS project team at the CO.

    You can subscribe to the CHRS News Listserv(opens in new window) for the latest news about the CHRS project.