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Presentation on theme: "BUILDING AN ONLINE APPLICATION AND INTEGRATED DATABASE Mount Royal’s Experience."— Presentation transcript:


2 The need 1500 paper applications + Manually determine eligibility and assess financial need + Photocopy package for each award students wants to apply for = too much overtime

3 Creating a Plan Goal – increase student satisfaction with the awards process through simplifying the application and accelerating the payment of awards  No Canadian awards module for Banner at the time (2005) so we would need to build our own  Eliminate the duplication of databases in Student Awards, Finance, and Foundation  Create an online awards application that would automatically populate the database for ease of selections  Speed up the payment of awards to students for the purpose of recruitment and retention

4 Getting everyone on board - Consultation with: Executive, Faculty, Donors, Finance, Foundation, ITS, Students

5 Altering the Timelines - - Identified a need to increase student satisfaction with awards process - – Get money into the hands of students more quickly - Create a front- end awards timeline - - Required the rewording of all awards

6 New Policy  Create a new policy to reflect new timelines and represent the goals of the student awards program  Shape definitions of scholarship, bursary, award to simplify criteria and eligibility of new awards going forward – less room for “creative criteria” in the new system

7 Assembling the Team

8 Phases and Revisions  One year to build a plan and gather business requirements  One year for most development (application, tables, forms)  Further additions included several reports and improvements over two years  Built in 4 phases  Application  Forms  Reports  Automatic matching

9 Building the Application  Gather business requirements before starting build  Financial need section closely modeled after application for Alberta student loans  Originally built so students selected awards they wished to apply for  In the last phase of the project, the system was improved to automatically match students to awards for which they may qualify

10 Developing the Forms and Tables  Set-up forms allow the user to create attributes and filters for each award  Data entered in forms in Foundation is linked to Student Awards forms  Tables built so that the user could make changes without ongoing reliance on IT Services  Enter info in forms to defer fees and release funds to students

11 Building the Reports  Reports were the last thing to be developed  Approximately 50 reports available to system users  Selection reports developed to present only eligible candidates

12 Programming New Awards

13 Foundation Set-up

14 Foundation continued


16 Student Awards Set-up

17 Student Awards Set-up continued

18 Program Set-up

19 Questions Set-up

20 Attachments Set-up

21 Selection Report Set-up

22 - All data entered in forms feeds the website which lists all the awards by entrance/incourse and by faculty grouping - Data also used to create report of awards listing Website

23 One application only – scholarships and bursaries in the same application. Same application for entrance and in-course students. Application

24 Logging On












36 Assessments

37 Application View Form

38 Financial Need Review

39 Financial Need Review continued

40 Selections

41 Running Selection Reports

42 Selection Report – 1 st page

43 Selection Report – 2 nd page

44 Selection Report – 3 rd page onwards

45 Payment of Awards

46 Entering Value of Awards

47 Entering Recipients

48 Creating Financial Memos

49 Student Account  Students will see deferral for the value of the award on their account before having to pay the fall fees.

50 Verifying Recipient Status in the Fall

51 Expiring Financial Memos

52 Releasing Financial Memos

53 Released Memo

54 Reports and other Features

55 Reports Menu

56 Sample Reports  Annual report summary with breakdown by entrance/incourse, faculty, scholarship or bursary, donor or internally funded, etc.  Governor General medal selection reports  Reports for identifying eligible students for Alberta Scholarships offered by the province

57 Application Data Reports  Report to determine number of applicants for each scholarship – can send out targeted contact to students in programs with low award application numbers  Application statistics by year or term  Awards without recipients  Award recipients without a SIN and contact info for T4A purposes

58 Reports for Nominated Awards  General reports for nominated awards that give lists of students in specific programs or faculties including course/credit and GPA information  Entrance student ranking reports based on high school marks, previous post-secondary, regardless of having completed an awards application

59 Awards Ceremony Report  Report can be generated that lists all award recipients and their contact information as well as the associated donor contact information  The information can easily be sorted by faculty and distributed to faculties for the planning of their ceremonies

60 Recipient Award History

61 Administration Tables  Tuition and fees by program and year  Selector codes  Application periods  Expected parental contribution  All financial need assessment maximums  Financial need budget amounts

62 Outcomes

63 Student Experience  More students are applying (more than double)  Ease of applying  Much faster application process  Award money into student hands much faster  More variety of students receiving awards

64 Staff Experience  Variety of reports at our fingertips  Integrated with other departments  No duplicates of databases  Easier and faster to assist students  More time for research and making improvements elsewhere  Less paperwork


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