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AcademicWorks

9 Ratings

iMIS

11 Ratings

AcademicWorks

9 Ratings
Score 8.9 out of 101

iMIS

11 Ratings
Score 7.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

AcademicWorks

Colleges and community foundations are particularly appropriate users of the product. I'd say small family foundations with scholarship offerings would be least appropriate for its use.
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iMIS

iMIS is great for membership associations who need one place. I love their contact database, I just wish we could pull reports easily from their system and publishing would not freeze when making changes to our website. Everything that does work correctly is really easy to set up.
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Pros

  • Customer service
  • Sorting of student applications per scholarship opportunity
  • The cycle review in order to set up the next application cycle was always great!
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  • iMIS has many modules that can be purchased seperately based on the organizations needs.
  • The CMS component enables you to build member websites to display member profiles and implement business processes for the members.
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Cons

  • Some users may like a bit more customization
  • If it's not currently a thing, an "if, then" algorithm for the general application would be helpful
  • Easier searching in their client resource portal
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  • Emailing. Sometimes our emails do not go through and all fail. I would like for some sort of alert to occur when these situations happen. We normally get a response from our members about them not receiving the information we have promised them.
  • Queries. An easier way to build queries would be nice. It is super confusing trying to determine which fields to pull from. When asking for help, they state that we will be charged by the hour to get a basic query created. It's a little obnoxious.
  • Dynamic pages. I would like more attractive homepage templates. Current templates are not very attractive or dynamic. Also, page publishing is a major problem.
  • Limited PayPal Integration. We were initially under the impression that when a payment was placed through the iMIS site, then the payments along with the iMIS codes would go through to PayPal. This is far from the truth. We always have to do extra work to pull a report from iMIS and then also from PayPal since the codes do not transfer over. It would be great for us if this could change in the near future.
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Alternatives Considered

At the time that we made the switch, NextGen was not able to offer the option that committee reviewers could rank a student and that their ranking could carry over into multiple scholarships. We already had over 70 committee reviewers and the process to review some of the more general scholarship applicants was taking more than 10 hours. The AcademicWorks System allows each applicant to be ranked by a number of committee reviewers (you set the number of reviewers) one time and the score can be propagated across multiple scholarships. This is an efficient use of the reviewers time and keeps the time commitment manageable.
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We were unable to have an attractive site for our association when using Podi. iMIS is much more equipped to handle the different pages and links we list on our website. Although Podi lacks in attractiveness, iMIS lacks in the department of providing easy reporting options and PayPal integration. When we had Podi, we were able to submit payments through our site along with the accounting codes automatically. However, now that we use iMIS, it is harder to get the accounting correct. None of the accounting codes transfer over into PayPal. We always have to go back and double-check the numbers
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Return on Investment

  • Increase in new scholarship fund holders
  • Streamlined qualification of applications
  • Faster processing of awards
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  • As iMIS has matured, it has provided many tools that allow an organization to implement processes using out of the box tools. This removes the need for custom programming and allows the product to remain on the upgrade path.
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Pricing Details

AcademicWorks

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

iMIS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details
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