June 12 to June 16, 2023 Release Notes

Features & Improvements

After weeks of "eh, nothin' much" and "we added a column to an export no one uses" in the Features & Improvements section of the release notes, the developers have seen fit to unload a whole mess of stuff into Populi.

The big one is Forms, which is still in beta (to have us turn it on for your school, just ask!). Lots and lots of new stuff here:

  • They now reside in Home > Forms, though there's still a link in Contacts that takes you to the newly-located Manage Forms page.
  • That page includes a new "self-service" area where you can make forms available to any user to fill in (whether a form appears here is controlled in the updated Published setting).
  • Office Use Only fields can only be filled out by someone reviewing form responses; they may be visible to respondents or you can keep them Hidden. For example, you could have an Office Use Only field on a course substitution request form that records whether you approved or denied the request; the respondent can then look at his form to see your decision.
  • We've refined and articulated form access permissions.
  • If no login is required, you can embed the form on an external web page (and gussy it up with custom CSS).
  • Available to lets you control which user roles can fill out the form.
  • Profile > Activity Feed has a panel showing or linking to all forms linked to that person.
  • There's a new Put in order field type (Admissions forms now have this, too!).
  • You can set a Default Localization so the form's interface elements will be translated for non-English-speaking users.
  • Form Response Review settings... Review lets you mark forms/responses as Completed, and Decision lets you mark them Accepted or Rejected.
  • Paragraph fields have a word/character counter (same in Admissions, too!).
  • Captchas for no-login-required forms.
  • If you're managing access permissions and you're about to remove your own ability to manage the form, we give you a warning.
  • Users can now cancel or delete their in-progress form responses (only if they weren't requested to complete the form).
  • Multi-page forms have a progress bar and page numbers.
  • Form response status updated is now available in notifications.
  • Linked fields that require review have a setting that updates the linked field data only when the response is accepted during review.
  • Alerts for forms with responses to review now appear to Staff members with appropriate access to the form.

Automations are now available that are triggered by degree and specialization selections on admissions applications.

Percent-based aid awards now have more decimal places for the award percentage.

Course catalog pages now show course groups that include the course.

The 1098-T report's Actions button now lets you Tag/Untag students.

You can now Repost reversed transactions.

Mobile app alerts are now available in Localizations.

Speaking of Localizations, we've added Vietnamese to our built-ins.

Course Evaluation reporting now shuffles and randomizes short- and long-answer questions.

The Enrollments report's export helper now includes course CIP codes as an option.

Added some checks to help prevent you from entering bad dates in recurring Calendar events (like starting an event in June 2023 that re-occurs every week until March 2021).

Library resource acquisition dates are now entered via datepicker.

Library check-in/check-out includes resource location in the search results.

Resource holds on Library Patron profiles now show the call number alongside title and author.


Fixed some errors that would growl at you if you tried adding more than one specialization to a student's already-granted degree.

Closed some loopholes in the Edit Sources functions on Aid Refunds that could really let you break stuff pretty bad.

The default Z39.50 server for the New York Public Libarary located Library > Settings has been removed from the default options owing to brokenness and flakiness on its part.

Library barcode range searches were pulling barcodes outside of the range.

Email templates were converting non-breaking spaces into spaces. The horror. The horror.

Videos and Focus Sessions

Next week...

  • Introduction to Admissions takes you on a walkthrough of application settings, designing your application, processing applications, managing leads and so on. This will be most useful to Admissions and Admissions Admin users. It's scheduled for June 20th, 2023, 11:00 AM Pacific time.
  • Introduction to Running Courses lopes along through course settings, lessons, assignments, discussions, tests, grading, and so on. This will be most useful to Academic Admin, Faculty, and Teaching Assistant users. It's scheduled for June 22nd, 2023, 11:00 AM Pacific time.

Josh from Populi tries his darndest to communicate with you about event types on communication plans.

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