Colleague by Ellucian

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3.3 out of 5 stars

As a versatile higher education ERP, Colleagueby Ellucian unites your entire institution to keep students, faculty, and staff productive and engaged.

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Ellucian review by User in Higher Education
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Colleague experience in an academic setting

What do you like best?

Once learned, it is efficient, the software can do many different features including budget management, and keeping up with student data and course data. After you have mastered certain features, it is very easy to input data and have it available for everyone who needs it in the organization.

What do you dislike?

Very difficult software to learn. It is not user friendly or intuitive. If there were step by step tutorials available for the software it would greatly improve the experience. When using it, especially for student data records, there were often little things that would cause errors, and if you did not input the information in the right order it could mess up the whole transaction. Search features are also not great - you have to be very specific with what you are searching for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a software that can do a lot of different things, but make sure your company has someone experienced to train others.

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

I am using this product in an academic setting, to manage budgets and create requisitions for PO's. I have also utilized this software for student registrations and data entry and management for a course catalog. It is very good if you have a company that needs to access a lot of information across the board. However it is sometimes difficult to find the information unless you know specifically what you are looking for.

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Ellucian review by <span>Krysta W.</span>
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Helpful but not Intuitive

What do you like best?

Great for storing info and holding my students permissions/ registration, but not good at having a list or prompting options for forms.

What do you dislike?

The lack of ease: for example, there is a lot of memorization required to use for student accounts that aren't easy to remember (i.e. granting permissions/waivers). It would be more helpful if you could search a list of codes/forms instead of having to know them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you wither input your abbreviations/add-on a way to look up what forms/options you have for users. It will be especially useful for training and new-hires.

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

Registering/ updating/Looking up student accounts. Benefits include: accessing accounts of my students without having them physically in my office or logging in as them,

What Higher Education Student Information Systems solution do you use?

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Ellucian review by <span>Jered S.</span>
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Your worst nightmare until you learn the backdoor tricks.

What do you like best?

It is hard to find something that I do like about this product. I will say that once you learn all the quarks, it becomes easier to work with. The screens that do display the information are very clear, once you are able to get to where you need to go. Unfortunately, the product fails to deliver on their promise to made managing student profiles easier.

What do you dislike?

Ellucian claims that this product is able to communicate with all of their other platforms, recruit, advise, but I find that is the lest accurate claim. There are continuous communication problems between the platforms and lost of student information.

Colleague has many different information screens that hold various different important student information, you have to hop between multiple screens just to find the answer to a single questions.

The platform is not user friendly and unless you know all the shortcut codes, this product will be your worst enemy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are far better platforms that manage student in better ways.

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

The problems of managing student profiles and being able to access information, still lingers. Colleague was proposed as a one product meet all, but you will quickly learn you need all of the Ellucian platforms to be effective in all areas of student management.

Ellucian review by <span>Jamie S.</span>
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Colleague is a completely integrated campus solution

What do you like best?

There are many products that fall under Colleague. We use Student, Financials, HR, and Advancement. They are tied together by Core which contains demographic information shared by all of the modules. You only have to update a record in one place and that takes care of the entire platform. Our students are able to take advantage of their web based products, too.

What do you dislike?

Ellucian, formerly Datatel, is behind the curve when it comes to it's interface. Although they have made great gains in the past few years, their interface is not as modern as it should be

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

We use Colleague to track everything about a student from the time we start recruiting them. That includes demographics, high school and college academics, communications, financial aid, student accounts, residence life, NCAA compliance, etc. Eventually we convert them to Advancement where they are alumni. Their alumni information is linked with their student information and even donation information. We are able to bring that all together in one software package.

Ellucian review by User in Higher Education
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Great product- very customizable as well

What do you like best?

I like that we can personalize Colleague UI to add forms that make our work flow more efficient and faster. We have so much information in this platform from student/employee records to all the bills we pay on a weekly basis. It is not too hard to learn how to run reports, I think that's a big plus.

What do you dislike?

the only thing I can think of is that the new Colleague UI 5 is a bit slower than the older version, I'm used to going at a certain pace and now the program freezes. I just have to remember to go a little bit slower. but the new features with the upgrade make it still worth it to switch.

Recommendations to others considering the product

give it a try is a nice platform and very customizable and easy to use. Our IT department has done a great job supporting this and their relationship with the support from Colleague has been great as well.

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

we can run reports and recently we were able to incorporate it with our new expense management software. We can easily find records and pull very detailed information of our financial transactions.

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Love this SIS!

What do you like best?

I've used Colleague for many years, and then left the higher ed institution who used it to go to a different one that used Banner. I'm now back at an institution that uses Colleague and I'm thrilled. The user experience is more common-sense than other SIS out there. While it may take some getting used to, once you do, everything becomes second nature.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that some screens you can type the name and go right into it, and some you have to remember to put the application before it (ex. st-IASU instead of just IASU). It's frustrating when trying to get something done.

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

Colleague is a system that everyone on campus can use to solve database needs, between HR, Financial Services, Enrollment, etc. When dealing with the student record, everything that front line staff need is available in just a few simple screens (or able to be found by detailing in on one particular screen), so it makes helping the student quicker and easier for everyone.

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