15 Ratings
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Score 8 out of 100
47 Ratings
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Score 7.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Student and Faculty Administration

    Blackbaud Award Management

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    5.2

    Ellucian Banner

    52%
    Ellucian Banner ranks higher in 12/12 features

    Integrations with 3rd-Party Education Technology

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.2
    62%
    5 Ratings

    Online Registration Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    4 Ratings

    District Communications, such as messaging and alerting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    3.0
    30%
    1 Rating

    Roster Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.3
    53%
    3 Ratings

    Platform Customization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    2.6
    26%
    3 Ratings

    Teacher Self-Service

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.3
    43%
    3 Ratings

    Student Data Security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    4 Ratings

    Community Support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.6
    56%
    3 Ratings

    Class Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    4 Ratings

    State and National-level Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    4 Ratings

    Compliance Support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.9
    59%
    3 Ratings

    Teacher and Parent Mobile Application

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.5
    15%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Blackbaud Award Management is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    Blackbaud Award Management

    80%
    9 Ratings
    7.2

    Ellucian Banner

    72%
    18 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Blackbaud Award Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5

    Ellucian Banner

    95%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    Blackbaud Award Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Ellucian Banner

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Availability

    Blackbaud Award Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Ellucian Banner

    90%
    1 Rating

    Performance

    Blackbaud Award Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Ellucian Banner

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    8.0

    Blackbaud Award Management

    80%
    2 Ratings
    7.9

    Ellucian Banner

    79%
    9 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Blackbaud Award Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Ellucian Banner

    80%
    1 Rating

    Configurability

    Blackbaud Award Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Ellucian Banner

    80%
    1 Rating

    Ease of integration

    Blackbaud Award Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Ellucian Banner

    80%
    1 Rating

    Product Scalability

    Blackbaud Award Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Ellucian Banner

    80%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    Blackbaud Award Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Ellucian Banner

    90%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    Blackbaud Award Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Ellucian Banner

    90%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Blackbaud

    This system has all the intentions of being fantastic. It is a great system if you have scholarships that are blindly rated or scored, or if you have multiple users with a few scholarships each. However, as a college with hundreds of scholarships that have 200-300 qualified students for each one, it is difficult to have a blind process. Plus, if the university gave our college the ability to edit some things, they would have to give those permissions to every person with a login. Needless to say, the system is not quite equipped for multiple users within one university who all have different editing privileges. However, as cumbersome as it has been to learn and manipulate for our purposes, it has allowed us to award more funds than any year prior due to the ease of having all of the student data in one place.
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    Ellucian

    As a SIS, Banner Pages is the full meal deal. There are multiple modules that integrate out of the box. Because Banner is all I've ever used as a SIS, I can't contrast it with another program. I can say, it gets the job done for us. I will also say that a tremendous amount of time goes into strategizing how to get new functions to work for us and there always seems to be some catch that requires even more work. In general, the university has been hesitant to build too many modifications into Banner because they take a lot of time to maintain. Inevitably, a new update (of which there are MANY for Banner) will break stuff that isn't "vanilla." This is unfortunate because we've had some great ideas for how to make Banner better for us, but also understandable. If you're looking for a highly modular system, this isn't it. Banner has lots of components, but the components work the way they work and that's that. Also, don't expect very quick responses to bugs or glitches. If the bug is major, yes, it will be addressed. But, little function issues seem to be regularly overlooked.
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    Pros

    Blackbaud

    • All colleges and universities have differences in the way scholarships are awarded at their schools. AcademicWorks listens to the individual needs of each college/university/scholarship provider and will either add system enhancements or help users to find ways to best utilize the system to meet their needs/requirements.
    • The AcademicWorks help desk is very good about support. They are timely in contact and work to resolve issues quickly and effectively.
    • AcademicWorks has worked closely with our IT Department to ensure that the imports and the system will work efficiently despite changes and updates.
    • Students need to only complete one application to be automatically matched to hundreds of scholarship opportunities. This is a very efficient use of the applicant's time and efforts to apply for scholarships.
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    Ellucian

    • I think it's great to use if you are tracking grades for certain classes, especially if you'd like to see how students do, comparing midterm to final grades. If you have the permissions, you can see both.
    • It's also good to track students individually. You can look up a certain semester, and see how they did in that particular time frame, but you can also see their cumulative gpa, or even look up their entire course history.
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    Cons

    Blackbaud

    • Ability to personalize applications - we serve many companies, and we get requests all the time to use their logo, but we can't do that in AcademicWorks.
    • Selective reviews - some review committees don't want to review specific parts of applications, but we can't pick and choose which questions are reviewable for specific opportunities.
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    Ellucian

    • One thing I miss from the previous version of Ellucian Banner, is the control + page down. I struggle with alt + page down.
    • I love the Ellucian Banner favorites; however, it is a little difficult to navigate.
    • I can honestly only think of 2 things that could be improved. I use Ellucian Banner daily.
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    Pricing Details

    Blackbaud Award Management

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Blackbaud Award Management editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Ellucian Banner

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Ellucian Banner editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        Blackbaud

        No answers on this topic

        Ellucian

        We have no reason not to renew with Ellucian - we are in deep with the ecosystem, and have Ellucian providing us with information technology support. If anything, should the opportunity arise, we'd probably consider adding a different ellucian tools into the suite of applications we already have on board.
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        Usability

        Blackbaud

        No answers on this topic

        Ellucian

        You definitely have to learn it before it becomes easy to use. It's better than it was, but it's still not entirely intuitive. You can't just look at it and play around to figure out how it works
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        Reliability and Availability

        Blackbaud

        No answers on this topic

        Ellucian

        It's pretty much up all the time.
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        Performance

        Blackbaud

        No answers on this topic

        Ellucian

        Has gotten much better due to new hardware.
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        Support Rating

        Blackbaud

        I lean on our centralized Foundation for support related to Blackbaud Award Management. However, any time I've had a question they couldn't answer, they were able to get the support quickly and efficiently. I give an 8, versus a 9 or 10, because our centralized office has had some requests in for changes to the system that have not been made. Some parts of the system are not working for our purposes, and we've asked for some changes that should be doable. However, the time it takes to get universal changes made is quite long
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        Ellucian

        Our department generally does not contact the support center for Banner but the IT department does. That being said, in the seven years that I have been here, I have not once needed to contact the support center; we have had no glitches on Banner's side that needed to be addressed.
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        Implementation Rating

        Blackbaud

        No answers on this topic

        Ellucian

        very satisfied, along with the IT staff and ellucian support the upgrades do very well and have minimum down time.
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        Alternatives Considered

        Blackbaud

        Blackbaud Award Management easily integrates with their other softwares but award management is more specific to scholarship and award needs and tracking. RE NXT is moreso for the fundraising and tracking side of things whereas Award Management is for the scholarship side of things. Making sure you're purchasing the right sofware for your needs is important.
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        Ellucian

        PeopleSoft was more user-friendly. It also provided the ability to save and bookmark queries. PeopleSoft will allow users to use common names to search for queries. Overall, it seemed much more current than Banner. PeopleSoft provided enrollment data for specific sections which allowed one to spot trends of enrollment in a given class.
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        Scalability

        Blackbaud

        No answers on this topic

        Ellucian

        being able to scale with hardware was easy and not cumbersome. We were allowed to user virtual machines which made things very scalable.
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        Return on Investment

        Blackbaud

        • It has provided a positive ROI in our scholarship management, without having to outsource this function in our department.
        • The help we get from the support team is phenomenal that yearly set up can be done with a few days.
        • For what we get done with it, it is a good investment.
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        Ellucian

        • It allowed the university to retire a mainframe, which was quite expensive.
        • It added web access to student data, which was a big win, and since has also added a mobile app.
        • It processes many things in real time, which the mainframe had to run as a nightly batch.
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