August 28 to September 15, 2023 Release Notes

Features & Improvements

The Aid Applications report has a new Reassign Applications action, which lets you bulk-change which financial aid user is overseeing the applications shown on the report.


Recipients who were CC'd on an email based on a template were seeing the {!VARIABLES!} in the email body, which seemed kinda lame and insincere and made it quite obvious that the note had not been crafted by hand by a sensitive and thoughtful sender but rather was the product that some automated process in some blackbox server somewhere had gagged into the recipients' inboxes. Now this whole situation will work as follows:

  • If there's one TO: recipient, then people CC'd and BCC'd on the email will see the recipient's name in the email body.
  • If there's more than one TO: recipient, then the CC'd and BCC'd folk will continue to see the {!VARIABLES!}.

The search results when you searched for email recipients looked "bad". They now look "good".

Plan-based automatic recurring payments were sometimes not charging the full amount they should've been if lots of different financial aid awards were in play.

Faculty and Teaching Assistants were unable to add course students to course events if the Faculty access to private contact info setting was not pointed at ALL.

Owing to some blip in the database, the Charges/Credits report could sometimes show the wrong amount in the Total column unless you used particular filters.

Focus Sessions

No new videos the past few weeks, but I'm told there's a lot flowing through the pipeline. If you're still needing to hear Josh say "Hey everybody", feel free to peruse our YouTube channel and play the first five seconds or so of just about any video from the past couple years.

And if you'd like to get a close look at a particular area of Populi, sign up for a Focus Session! Here's what's coming next week:

  • Introduction to Financial Aid will be getting into setting up financial aid settings, awards, packaging aid, disbursements, aid applications and so on. This will be most useful to Financial Aid and Financial Admin users. It's scheduled for September 19th, 2023, 11:00 AM Pacific time.
  • Introduction to Populi introduces you to setting up your Populi account, logging in, adding new users, login approvals, roles, search, basic reporting, Populi's global settings and so on. This will be most useful to Populi Account Administrator and Academic Admin users. It's scheduled for September 21st, 2023, 11:00 AM Pacific time.
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