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February 12, 2010 Release Notes

Navigation

Billing was just going to get too cluttered. So we updated Populi’s overall navigation and broke out the College Management and Financial functions into what we’re calling “apps”. It’s the same basic idea as before, but this way we can further enhance our Financial features without stuffing the screen too full of links and buttons. Have a look at the shots:

So, what was once the Billing tab is now the Financial app, and within Financial you’ll find tabs for Billing, Accounting, and Financial Aid. With the new tabs, we’ve re-jiggered the organization of the various views so that they appear only within the proper tab.

Also, as you can see, you no longer click your “logged in as” name to get to your profile—you’ll just click the more intuitive My Profile link to get there.

Payment Plans

Now you can create payment plans with unique payment schedules and apply them to individual students or invoices.

Deposits

We’ve built in a new workflow that lets you create, accept, and apply tuition deposits.

Degree Audits

Now you can require a certain GPA of individual course groups, as well as add exceptions for individual students.

Even Better Passwords

Want to make your password even stronger? Now you can use special characters—!@#$%^&*()+, etc.—in addition to upper- and lower-case letters and numbers.

Improved Payment Handling

Now you can specify exactly how much of a payment to apply to a group of invoices, as well as the posting date.

"E" is for Excused

A new grading option for assignments.

Behind-the-scenes Optimization

“Optimization” means that we’ve improved some of the background processes that power many common tasks in Populi.

Other Stuff

Fixed some issues with Excel imports in the gradebook.

Added a setting to remove overall GPA from transcripts.

Redirects: making sure you get navigated to the correct URL when you log in to Populi.

Fixed an issue where you couldn't discard saved drafts of emails.

Improvements to email list functions on the back end.

Speed improvements to course finalizing.

Fixed some minor display issues in Calendar.

Now you can use dashes in course catalog abbreviations.

Improvements to imported student schedules enable them to be used as proof of enrollment.

All payment types now have a reference number, and a new payment type: money order.

As well as numerous minor interface improvements, bug fixes, and design tweaks.

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