Did U Know? GPA Calculator (u.direct®) & Date Ranges (u.achieve®)

Aug 09, 2013

You Can Now Calculate Desired and/or Needed GPA in u.direct®

The newest u.direct release includes a feature that allows students to enter and track GPA goals for their plans. Students can enter the GPA they would like to have by graduation that is then displayed as the average GPA they need per term to reach that goal. They can also calculate the best GPA achievable based on grades they expect to earn on planned courses.

New GPA Calculator in u.direct v4.1

You Can Copy then Paste Effective Date Ranges in Course Fields in u.achieve®/DARwin

[Tip contributed by the your encoding peers at the University of California Berkeley]

If you are applying date ranges to individual course entries, it can be time consuming and annoying to type them over and over again. An encoder from the University of California at Berkeley discovered that you can copy and paste these date ranges for more quick entry in u.achieve & DARwin as follows:

  • Enter the date range in the Effective Date field.
  • Highlight the entire range once it is entered.
  • Copy the highlighted range using Ctrl-C or your favorite way of copying data.
  • Place your cursor in the Effective Date field where you want to paste the date range. Make sure that your cursor appears as the single, blinking line rather than as a highlighted box.
  • Paste the range using Ctrl-V or your favorite way of pasting data.

We want your favorite tips and tricks!

Send tips about any of our products to share with your fellow users to ChrisS@CollegeSource.com.

From the President – “Did You Do the Charleston?”

Jul 09, 2013

 CollegeSource User's Conference and Training Workshop If your experience at the 2013 CollegeSource User’s Conference and Training Workshop in Charleston was anything like mine, you may still be “coming down” from the excitement of seeing all the new product developments and re-connecting with colleagues. We had record-high attendance at this year’s conference and the CollegeSource staff unveiled an unprecedented amount of new features. By every measure, the conference was a huge success and a small part of me is already looking forward to next year in San Diego!  (The rest of me is relieved to have twelve months until then, because there is a lot of exciting work to dig into and complete before next June.)

To help you harness all the enthusiasm and  big ideas that you took away from the conference, and to generate some excitement for users who were unable to attend this year, we will be conducting a series of webinars that revisit the most interesting and useful presentations from the conference.

First on the list is the “big news” that in 2014, CollegeSource will be replacing u.select® with Transferology. Transferology carries forward all of the important features of u.select in a dynamic interface that was designed with the student-user in mind and tested with students at each stage of development. We are excited to get this product in the market and believe it will genuinely be the national network of transfer information for students. Transferology’s focused and mobile-responsive interface has proved extremely successful with students. They immediately understand the tool, are able to quickly navigate through it without assistance, and frequently ask us “Can I use this now?”

All this doesn’t mean we have forgotten about you, the staff of institutions of higher education! We are currently developing the Transferology Lab for those of you who need to research transfer information, respond to student activity involving your institution, and generally work toward making your institution more “transfer friendly.” Judging from the session evaluations and subsequent feedback from all of you who attended the conference, the tool is hitting the right notes for staff as well as students. The overwhelming majority of responses have been enthusiastic. I want to personally thank all of you who approached me at the conference and afterward with the messages like “keep going!” and “this is absolutely the right approach for serving students.” Positive feedback and affirmation from users is not only gratifying, it’s the stuff that keeps me and my amazing staff here at CollegeSource motivated.

We have already completed two webinars, recreating the two-part unveiling of Transferology at the conference. Currently these webinars are aimed at current u.select clients. You can register for the next Transferology webinar through the Support Center (follow the link or visit the Support Center and search for “Transferology”).

Other webinars are being announced weekly. Registration links will be provided by way of this news feed and through the News>Webinar Schedule portion of our website, so watch your email and check back regularly!

Troy Holaday, Ph.D.
CollegeSource, Inc.