4 Ratings
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Score 5 out of 100
47 Ratings
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Score 7.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Student and Faculty Administration

    Blackbaud Tuition 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 Tuition Management is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    80%
    1 Rating
    7.2

    Ellucian Banner

    72%
    18 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5

    Ellucian Banner

    95%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Ellucian Banner

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Availability

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Ellucian Banner

    90%
    1 Rating

    Performance

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Ellucian Banner

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9

    Ellucian Banner

    79%
    9 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Ellucian Banner

    80%
    1 Rating

    Configurability

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Ellucian Banner

    80%
    1 Rating

    Ease of integration

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Ellucian Banner

    80%
    1 Rating

    Product Scalability

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Ellucian Banner

    80%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Ellucian Banner

    90%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    Blackbaud Tuition Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Ellucian Banner

    90%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Blackbaud

    Smart Tuition is a good platform for schools that want to incorporate the financial aid application process and billing together. Parent use is easy to navigate, and it reduces the time spent by school staff to manage accounts. In a school where the financial aid application process is not done by a third party, Smart Tuition may not be the option they are looking to implement.
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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

    • Website is easy to navigate
    • Customer service is very professional and helpful
    • Multiple options for making payments and setting up accounts
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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

    • I have been happy with Smart Tuition and have not had any issues.
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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 Tuition Management

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Blackbaud Tuition 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

        No answers on this topic

        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

        I use FACTS in my role at work, and my children's school uses Smart Tuition. I am more familiar with Smart Tuition as a parent, but it seems to be a good solution for the high school. Since we do the financial aid in-house at my school of employment, FACTS works better for us.
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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

        • Excellent tracking of accounts for the school
        • Customer service interacts with the parents' questions
        • One system for the school staff to manage
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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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