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Score 7.1 out of 100
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Score 7.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Ellucian Banner

It's great for tracking students and classes. You can see a student's entire course history, if you'd like, or you can look in by each semester and see how they did. At the same time, you can also view their cumulative GPA to keep that in mind. If you'd like more background on the student you can also look up some of their information: age, address, phone number, email, etc. So you can also use it to contact students, if need be
Amanda Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

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
Becky Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Ellucian Banner

  • Banner does a good job creating snapshots of students' current, future, and career-based educational history. It applies coursework to pre-built educational audits to assist students in tracking progress toward a degree.
  • Banner is good at being up-to-date with policies for educational privacy, financial aid awards, and other areas of regulation on the industry of higher education.
  • Banner is highly collaborative. Changes made to a student's schedule that affect a student's full-time status will update the student's billing and financial aid eligibility in real-time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

  • The system retains comprehensive baseline modules covering majority of challenges an institution would face.
  • Flexible enough to customize to meet the needs of the institution.
  • System flexibility to connect to "other" systems preferred by the institution.
Rodney Parks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ellucian Banner

  • The most basic function of the software (inputting data and extracting data)is laborious at best in Banner. You must learn a special Banner-specific language to use the software. Most of the programmatic functionality of Banner was created in the early '90s and has not changed. Built-in reporting is virtually non-existent and wholly insufficient even for a small to medium sized school like ours. Ellucian must re-invent their product (banner) if they wish to survive the modern technological landscape.
  • Bugs and dysfunction around every corner in Banner's interface. Banner cannot keep up with the bugs in their own software and have developed problems into their product. For example, imagine your Bursar needs a report showing how much different students have paid in a given semester, in order to do this she must navigate through four different pages to find a specialized form each named a nonsensical code, type in the term code (this is the only value for which you are permitted to search), and wait up to 20 minutes while a poorly programmed back-end procedure looks at every student ever enrolled until it finds the students who meet the criteria (the only way to access this data); additionally, the screen that is used to run this function is not capable of showing a status for the job so the Bursar must call a database or system administrator to examine a log file on the server to determine the status of the job.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

  • Although user restrictions are helpful, they require intense forethought and preparation. Prior to use on campus, system administrators must carefully consider user permissions to decrease the likelihood of information sharing disasters.
  • Accessibility also has some challenges. The new interface opens on all browsers, but the software does not contain all of the functions of the previous version. Users must choose accessibility or information; they cannot have both.
  • Colleague's operating system does not mirror common systems, so learning it can be a long, slow process.
Alicia Meyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Ellucian Banner

Ellucian Banner 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I have been very pleased with Banner Student. It gives me all of the options I could have wanted. I'm sure there is another system which could be comparable. I just feel comfortable with the system. Going from Banner 8 to Banner 9 (Student) was just a bit of hurdle to get past but it's realitivly easy process to get accustomed to the new version
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

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Usability

Ellucian Banner

Ellucian Banner 6.0
Based on 2 answers
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
Amanda Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

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Reliability and Availability

Ellucian Banner

Ellucian Banner 9.0
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Absolutely. I use Banner Student at all hours. The in-house tech group is there from 8-5 pm. I am able to use the system (VPN) at all hours of the day even on weekends. This is vital to myself being able to do my job being I may be encountered by a question on any day.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

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Performance

Ellucian Banner

Ellucian Banner 8.0
Based on 1 answer
From my experience, I have never ran into a problem where the page didn't load or took a while to load. Our technical group does a fantastic job. Not to say if a student who doesn't have a good Wi Fi signal has never experienced this but from my standpoint the pages load quickly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

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Support Rating

Ellucian Banner

Ellucian Banner 6.3
Based on 6 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

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In-Person Training

Ellucian Banner

Ellucian Banner 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I felt like it was better because you had a live person right there to help if you ran into any issues. I appreciated that aspect of the training process. Other times I felt as if I didn't have any support and it was all on me. In this case, I felt as if I had the support right there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

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Implementation Rating

Ellucian Banner

Ellucian Banner 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I will leave this blank due to the fact that I wasn't employed at the time of implementation. I know tech support asked for everyone who uses it to run checks on the Banner Student 9 prior to going live. That's what we did when the Banner Student 9 went into effect
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

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Alternatives Considered

Ellucian Banner

Being able to have the historical data, as I said I said before, is the huge Benefit that we have from using the system. All of the teams involved are well trained and no alternative has proven worth making the switch.
Bartholomew Kallgren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

We were previously on PowerCampus for 10 years before migrating to Colleague. We had just outgrown the capabilities of PowerCampus and needed a more integrated product that we didn't need to bolt on other applications. CampusManagement's product wasn't ready for production at the time of our decision.
Colleague met the needs we had asked the vendors to show us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Ellucian Banner

Ellucian Banner 7.0
Based on 1 answer
We have a number of different offices (Departments) which rely on this product. We need it to serve a number of different people. I believe it does just that.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

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Return on Investment

Ellucian Banner

  • Definitely, both positive and negatively.
  • Positive would be the ease at which the student can access data and also the developers that use the data.
  • Negative - Upgrade frequency and poor documentation.
  • Overall, Banner Student is a good product and I would recommend it to another school.
Ken Turner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ellucian Colleague

  • 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.
Jamie Scott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ellucian Banner

General

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

Ellucian Colleague

General

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

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