ACTIVE Education (ACTIVE Net) vs. Ellucian Colleague

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ACTIVE Education
Score 9.6 out of 10
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ACTIVE Network's ACTIVE Education solution is designed to provide up-to-date, user-friendly registration software which enables administrators and students to enroll and purchase merchandise with ease. The software supports loyalty building activities, increase registrations, and keep a student database up-to-date as well as streamline the participant experience.N/A
Ellucian Colleague
Score 7.5 out of 10
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Ellucian offers Colleague educational ERP, including a student information system supporting higher education institutions with student admissions and registration, academics, curriculum management, and other aspects of student management.N/A
Pricing
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ACTIVE EducationEllucian Colleague
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
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Student and Faculty Administration
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ACTIVE Education (ACTIVE Net)
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Ratings
Ellucian Colleague
9.4
2 Ratings
12% above category average
Integrations with 3rd-Party Education Technology00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Online Registration Management00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
District Communications, such as messaging and alerting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Roster Management00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Platform Customization00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Teacher Self-Service00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Student Data Security00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Community Support00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Class Scheduling00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
State and National-level Reporting00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Compliance Support00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Teacher and Parent Mobile Application00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
ACTIVE Education (ACTIVE Net)Ellucian Colleague
Likelihood to Recommend
5.0
(2 ratings)
9.0
(11 ratings)
User Testimonials
ACTIVE Education (ACTIVE Net)Ellucian Colleague
Likelihood to Recommend
Active Network, LLC
Really like the appearance of reporting and the web booking.
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Ellucian
Colleague Student is a great solution for smaller schools. I'm not sure it would work well at a large university (10,000 plus students) -- I'm not sure it has capacity to handle that. It is also well suited for universities where departments communicate well with each other. There is so much cross functionality, that if departments don't communicate well, issues could arise if one department makes changes without notifying or talking with other departments about the change
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Pros
Active Network, LLC
  • Separation of payer and the person attending the activity. For example: children incur charges, but the parent is responsible for paying them.
  • Fast - in our old system there was a delay while customers waited for the system to respond.
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Ellucian
  • Colleague offers a single reference point for all student data, which creates consistency and unity across campus and ensures students hear the same information from every source.
  • Colleague recently updated its interface to be more accessible to all people. Previously, it was not accessible through any browser aside from Internet Explorer.
  • Colleague provide helpful user restrictions that prevent departments from altering or erasing data they do not typically use. For example, I cannot change student billing and accidentally wreak havoc for the cashier's office.
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Cons
Active Network, LLC
  • I really like the look and feel of ActiveNet Reporting, but it isn't extremely customizable. Maybe there is something I am missing, but other employees have shared that same feedback.
  • It would be nice to have the system synchronize with other software we use. (EMS, StarRez, etc.) When planning conferences, we currently have hotel guests and registration that we would like to share information for through each system. Currently it is just double data entry.
  • Would like to be able to add more resources and details to a room booking and have the corresponding departments be notified of the order/track inventory.
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Ellucian
  • Develop API's that are vendor agnostic rather than selecting specific vendors (Clearinghouse, ImageNow).
  • Colleague tends to be to reactionary to the changing needs in higher education rather than developing the future.
  • Hound clients to pay extra for consulting (consultants are usually bad), rather than helping institutions to use the product. Seems to be the first thing help line personnel jump to rather than working with clients to figure out creative solutions.
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Alternatives Considered
Active Network, LLC
ACTIVE Network allowed: grouping of classes, good interface, allowed importing of records, complex payment plans, per class fee structures, user fees, and trial classes.
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Ellucian
Ellucian Colleague remains the most cost competitive solution for our organization. Alternative solutions, have had ridiculously high migration costs and ongoing maintenance fees which have not been friendly toward a migration of our existing data. Some the features of the other solutions are very nice to "haves" but the reward has to out-weigh the cost of adoption.
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Return on Investment
Active Network, LLC
  • Not sure yet.
  • It is newer to me and my department.
  • Double data entry which is just extra man hours.
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Ellucian
  • By keeping student's academic work, financial aid, and accounts receivable information in one location we are able to report without the need for data aggregation.
  • Colleague's web applications allow the students themselves to perform tasks such as enrollment without assistance from staff members.
  • Using customized rules that we can set up in Colleague we can trigger events to happen as data is entered. This eliminates the need not only for someone to remember to perform an additional task, but it also saves the time of performing the actual task.
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