What's New for December 13, 2017
Release 12.13 includes several enhancements to Core, onRecord, and Integrated Smart Tuition & onBoard Contracts. As always, thank you for all of the fantastic feedback that helps shape these releases! (Updated: December 6, 2017)
Blackbaud's K-12 developers are currently working to implement Blackbaud ID for the 'ON' and Smart products. Before the feature is generally available, schools will be able to join an early adopter program (EAP). Future announcements about this upcoming EAP may appear in release letters, newsletters, and blog posts in the user community--so stay connected for more details.
Blackbaud ID will enable each user to access multiple Blackbaud products and services with a single username and password. For example, users employed by your school could access the 'ON' products, Raiser's Edge NXT, and the online user community with one login. Additionally, users can select to use two-step authentication for increased security.
Tip: You can already try Blackbaud's two-step authentication in the online user community today. While logged into the user community, select My Account. (It's in the upper right corner, next to log out.) The Access tab of your account settings page appears. Select Update Blackbaud.com Account Information. You will be redirected to https://www.blackbaud.com/profile/myaccount.aspx . Under About Me, select View my Blackbaud ID. You can then Turn on two-step authentication for accessing the user community.
Blackbaud ID also works with other identity providers or directory services, such as Azure AD and other SAML 2.0 compliant identify providers. (Eventually, these providers will replace LDAP based authentication services.) When you use a SAML 2.0 complaint identity provider, Blackbaud ID will refer to your directory services for user authentication.
For the first phase of this EAP, we aim to focus on the experience for school staff who use 'ON' products. Therefore, parents and prospective families will not be able to participate and will not use the new Blackbaud ID to log in. A platform manager will use roles to manage the authentication with Blackbaud ID. Users with the selected roles will sign in with an appropriate email address.
However, if your school participates in the EAP, even users who do not participate (such as parents) will notice a change in their login experience. All users in EAP schools will see the new login page. From there, only users in roles selected to participate in the EAP will be redirected to set up or link a Blackbaud ID to 'ON' and enter their password.
We've added a new counter for Infractions reported today. It is located under Conduct in Faculty > My Day > Schedule and Performance. It contains all infractions reported that day. The count will only appear if Restrict Faculty to only their conduct is unchecked.
Users can now add the optional Photos column to the Faculty, Student, and Users lists to view the profile photo associated with each user.
Grading managers can now access the Course List if the permission task associated with the role is enabled.
In addition, there is now a Select classification filter option available in the Course List. Use it to create a list based on the number of sections the course has in a particular year.
The existing course prerequisite check functionality has been extended to include the Approve Course Request window.
Now, grading managers can enable or disable the Translate Score on Input and Translate Score on Output settings even when grades exist. This change is available on December 6, 2017.
Note: If you change these settings, the results will be immediate. Newly generated instances of recorded grades on report cards, transcripts, and reports, will be translated to match the settings.
Integrations: Smart Tuition & onBoard Contracts
Last month we introduced the ability for enrollment managers to enable in-school payments for onBoard contracts. With the December release, we’ve expanded this feature to include Smart Tuition enabled contracts as well. When enabled, families can opt to pay deposits and enrollment fees through offline methods, rather than digitally.
Select Deposit Block Settings under onBoard > Settings > Contract Forms to enable/disable this option. Managers can also customize the text that appears on the deposit screen for payers when this option is enabled.
If a payer opts to use the in-school payment method, enrollment managers can see this selection when editing the contract from the student contract page.
In addition, we’ve updated the Contract Lists in onBoard to include a filter and column that shows users who choose the in-school payments option.
When there are multiple Smart Family Accounts with Smart Tuition, the user is prompted to select the account they want to use before completing the contract. If the wrong account is selected, the user can go back and select a different option.
We've updated the user interface for the second payer in a Smart Tuition contract. When signing a contract that has not been marked as a split account, the second payer can either continue to the contract or opt to split the account. If the second payer opts to split the account, a confirmation appears before anything happens.