Colleague: A product of yesteryear
November 28, 2018

Colleague: A product of yesteryear

Rodney Parks | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Colleague Student

Ellucian Colleague is the main student system used by Elon University. The system is connected to a host of disparate systems across campus. The enterprise wide system is used to track the life-cycle of the student.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • System flexible enough to develop "X" screens for new transcript types.
  • Development of planner is good, but lacks flexibility and feels clunky.
Workday's cloud based system has more flexibility than Colleague Student. While it seems Ellucian is responding with developmental efforts, the company waited too long to begin the process.
Colleague works well for small schools with a VERY simple curriculum. It is not designed for bigger schools that need flexibility. For years the system has put Registrars in a bad place by saying "this can't be done in our current student system," giving Registrars the image of being barriers to progress.