In This Issue
Online Enrollment | Recent Updates | Webinars
It's hard to believe that the calendar year is coming to a close and that online re-enrollment (ORE) is already on the horizon! We know how important strong enrollment is for your school — especially this year — and encourage you to review the following resources as you plan your online enrollment strategy:
In addition to more details about the above resources, in this digest you will also find webinars and recent/upcoming product releases highlighted. We wish you a safe, productive, and (hopefully by the end of the month, at least!) restful December!
- An "ORE quick start guide" that includes video walkthroughs of the key steps.
- A new "Online Enrollment" learning path in Veracross University.
- A number of live sessions in December in Veracross University about online enrollment.
Director of Support
Online Re-Enrollment: Need a "Tune Up"?
Online re-enrollment (ORE) is a significant event that impacts your entire school. Because it is also one that typically only rolls around once a year, we want to provide you a quick-start guide for tuning up your configuration and making sure you are ready to launch ORE to parents.
We recommend breaking down your process into several steps:
This "ORE Tune-Up Quickstart Guide" has several videos and all the checklists you'll need to go through in the coming weeks and months.
- Reacquaint yourself with how ORE works.
- Agree upon key deadlines, the most important of which is your launch date.
- Communicate key dates and any major changes to your account manager at least four (4) weeks before your intended launch date.
- Run the "Start Re-Enrollment" procedure.
- Run through ORE with a few test cases and take notes on needed updates.
- Review and update configuration.
- Thoroughly test.
- Launch ORE to parents.
If you will be implementing online enrollment for the first time this year, your implementation or account manager will be in touch with you.
To support you in online enrollment, we have two offerings in Veracross University:
- A new "Online Enrollment" learning path
- A number of upcoming live sessions in December covering online enrollment setup and configuration, as well as integration with the business office.
The Online Enrollment learning path requires a login that is separate from your regular Veracross account. Don't have a login? Reach out to your Veracross point person at your school. Still stuck? Email us and we'll get you squared away.
Recent Product Update Highlights
This month, we rolled out 31 enhancements and squashed 37 bugs. Here are some recent highlights of new features.
Add Multiple Candidates on an Inquiry Form
If you are using our new Admission Portal 3 platform, you will be excited to see that we have added this parity feature: the ability to add multiple prospects to a single inquiry form, streamlining the process for families with multiple children applying to your school.
VC Pay AutoPay Batch Integrity
We rolled out AutoPay batch integrity checks that allow you to review potential data issues or constraints that need to be resolved on the back end or by contacting parents prior to approving the AutoPay batch.
Want to learn more about AutoPay batch integrity? Check out the live session recordings in Veracross University.
Not using VC Pay but interested in learning how it streamlines tuition management for parents and your business office? Contact Don Humpton.
1099 Functionality Now Supports New IRS Requirements
We updated our 1099 functionality to support the new IRS requirements for 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC.
Want to learn more about 1099 functionality? We have two live sessions coming up in December in Veracross University.
We released our updated product roadmap, presented in a series of videos for each major product area.
We hope you can join us for these webinars! All of our upcoming and recorded webinars are available at Learn Veracross. Here is what's coming up soon:
Going Digital: Three Ways to Target Prospects and Increase Conversion
Dec 8, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern— Register nowWith open houses, tours, and in-person events no longer a viable option, many schools are looking to digital marketing methods to engage prospective families. Attend this webinar to hear Brian Stith, executive director of marketing and admissions at Carmel Catholic High School (Mundelein, Illinois) describe how his school's implementation of a digital strategy has not only sustained enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic but over the past ten years led to:
- Increased student ethnic diversity by 59% (2008 - current)
- Increased non-traditional (non-Catholic student enrollment) by 42% (2008- current)
The Next Normal: Student Health and Risk Management in 2021 and Beyond
Dec 10, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern — Register nowFrom our friends at Magnus Health: Independent schools developed a wide range of reopening plans this fall and determining the “right” answer for each school was highly individualized. Now, as we begin moving into enrollment season and budgeting discussions, while there is still no single “right” answer, schools are still required to translate learnings from this fall into strategic plans for the spring and beyond.
Please join us as we reconvene the three panelists from our June webinar “Student Health in a CV-19 World” where they will share lessons learned from the strategies they implemented this fall, as well as implications for the spring and beyond.
This webinar will cover:
- Lessons learned from return to school in 2020
- Implications for spring 2021 and next school year
- Approach to planning, strategy and budgeting for 2021-2022
Developing a Cinderella Strategy: Finding Dollars and Donors in Unlikely Places
Dec 15, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern — Register nowWith many schools anticipating a budget deficit and significant increases in financial aid awards, advancement offices are being asked to close the gap. Attend this webinar to hear Graham Honaker and Jerry Logan, authors of The Cinderella Strategy: The Game Plan Behind Butler University’s Rise to Prominence, describe how Butler’s innovative and counter-cultural approach to fundraising grew the school’s endowment by $100 million, and nearly doubled its average annual giving.