Banner by Ellucian

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Banner strengthens every major workflow in higher education, from student recruiting and retention to talent attraction and management.

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Banner by Ellucian review by <span>Nate P.</span>
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A very good Student Information Software

What do you like best?

Banner is, first of all, term-based. This helps when working with a student to provide snapshot data regarding a student's term-to-term progress. It is also able to be programmed for educational program requirements, including a variety of requirements contingent on prerequisites.

What do you dislike?

There is a limitation in educational program projection that a dual major student cannot run a degree audit on both majors at the same time. This seems like a massive blind spot for students.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Understand that Banner is far different than PeopleSoft. PeopleSoft has a far different interface, and is more powerful, but less customizable in the long run. Banner trades off sheer computing power for customizability. A larger institution may feel hamstrung by banner, while a smaller institution may feel overwhelmed by PeopleSoft.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As an educational management institution, we use Banner for nearly all aspects of our student management and interations.

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Banner by Ellucian review by <span>Amanda C.</span>
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I use Banner as a database at a community college.

What do you like best?

Once you know what you're doing, it's a useful database for looking up information on students or faculty, such as grades, addresses, contact information, etc. You can also use it to look up class rosters, final grades, registration by semester or also for an entire student's time at the college. I also use it to reserve rooms for academic events.

What do you dislike?

I don't think it's very intuitive. You have to learn how to do everything step by step. It even looks as if it is an older program, it's not quite as sleek or modern looking as other programs I've used. I would like it better if it was more sleek, modern, looking and more user friendly. It's easy to push a wrong button and then have a screen pop up that the close button is just out of view, and for someone who may not have used it much, they may have trouble figuring out what to do to get back to the original screen.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't be off put by the lack of intuitiveness. Once you know what your'e doing, it's a very useful tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefit of being able to look up student information in different ways is great. I can look up by class or I can look them up individually as a student. Also I can see one semester or I can look across their entire community college career. It's nice to have these options. It's the same with their grades. I can look up their final grades for just one semester and see the GPA for that semester, or I can look up the cumulative GPA and see all the final grades. It can cater to whichever I need for whatever I'm working on.

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Banner by Ellucian review by <span>Amber A.</span>
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NOT very user friendly interface

What do you like best?

I honestly don't like much about the product at all. The only good thing is the ability to use the HELP option to get information on what table & field are being used for each field of data. I would not recommend this application.

What do you dislike?

The interface, the ability to move from one section to another (tab doesn't work, must CTRL + PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN). In order to run any form or save anything, you have to use function keys (that I have to keep on a cheat sheet because I always forget which to use). The fact that form names are different than table names. So much more. Just NOT user friendly. Also some fields you cannot click on, so you can't see what table/field they are from in the database. As a data analyst, this is very frustrating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just don't. Try to find another option!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use the product for Institutional Research. It does capture pretty much all the data we need to provide reports on student data, but I access the data through PLSQL tools rather than Banner directly. The only true benefit is that when used as data entry, there isn't anything that it doesn't capture.

Banner by Ellucian review by <span>Julia S.</span>
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Lots of Info - not a lot of convenience

What do you like best?

Banner has the ability to contain A LOT of information. About everything. It is a really great foundational database that can be your "go to" when you need very specific information about a particular student.

What do you dislike?

Banner is very chunks, not easy to navigate, and requires you to go a million different places to find information. There is no option to get a real decent birds-eye view of a student or class or finances. You have to go into individual records for everything.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great place to securely keep A TON of information - not super user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In our organization "banner is king" meaning, if there is ever conflicting data - you go with what is in banner. It is the reliable database for strict facts and information. Unfortunately, because of its lack of ease and functionality, we have to have several shadow databases we keep the same type of information in that is easier to look at and sort. But it is very nice to have banner as the secure back up of data.

Banner by Ellucian review by <span>Joey T.</span>
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Exhaustive but not Efficient

What do you like best?

Ellucian can perform a lot of functions, including grades, registration, and information, while being customizable to our campus curriculum and structure

What do you dislike?

Not efficient. Archaic in the way you find information or navigate through the app. Where a intuitive app takes one click of the mouse, Ellucian guarantees 3-4 clicks. This is probably due to its desire to be customized. It really is difficult to get anywhere quick or efficiently.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think I would if there system was very archaic, but I think there are better products out there. I will say that this is probably the most popular all-in-one system for academia.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Class registration, degree progress, financial aid information, scheduling, grade input. I have enjoyed the consolidation of all these features in one location.

Banner by Ellucian review by <span>Timothy S.</span>
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Stable and reliable Higher Education System

What do you like best?

I like this application because it is very steady during registration peak time. The application has many features that enable students to track their grades, registration calendar and even finances and payments.

The application is so customizable and integrates well with most LDAP systems.

Additionally, the application has highly secure features, which are critical to such functions.

What do you dislike?

Due to its flexibility in adding sections and tabs, navigation can sometimes become tricky to students.

i do recommend introducing a fast search inside the application or change the main template

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is essential to a Higher Education institution

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In the two Higher Ed. institutions i worked for, Banner was used to managing course registration, student calendar, academic reports, and enrollment/ bill payments.

Even student employment can be integrated into this application.

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