Now Accepting Nominations for Best Practices Awards

Apr 12, 2022

Nominate Your School for a CollegeSource Sourcies Award

We are currently accepting nominations for the 5th annual CollegeSource Best Practices Awards. (We affectionately refer to them as The Sourcies!) Our Best Practices Awards recognize schools and organizations in our user community that are doing remarkable things with CollegeSource products.

Last year, Jefferson Community and Technical College was recognized for Superior Work in Supporting Statewide Transfer, Metropolitan State University for Best Holistic Model for Transfer Student Success, and California State University, San Bernardino for Innovation in Degree Achievement Solutions.

At Jefferson Community and Technical College, a team was tasked with reviewing, cleaning, and expanding the number of course equivalencies to be used as the definitive set for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System—16 institutions that share a catalog and collectively serve over 100,000 students annually. Team leads Cassie Poole and Beth Dixon utilized CollegeSource’s TES®, the Transfer Evaluation System, to create 6,503 new equivalencies and update another 3,394 to further enable statewide transfers. This work has allowed students to more easily navigate a path to their most fulfilling academic careers.

With the help of Transferology® and uAchieve® Degree Audit solutions, Metropolitan State University has achieved a high level of transfer-friendliness. Founded on a mission of exclusively serving transfer students as a “university without walls,” MSU utilizes CollegeSource tools to maximize the applicability of transfer credits and ensure student mobility. The institution continues to enjoy a student population that is made up of nearly 95% transfer students.

California State University, San Bernardino was inspired by uAchieve’s Exceptions-from-the-Audit feature to design a custom approval process for clearing degree audit exceptions more efficiently. Moving from quarters to semesters, the public institution knew there would be a rise in exception requests, which were previously handled manually. The new process enables students to more quickly realize hours applicable to their degree, streamlines the work of the advising staff, and provides enhanced records and accountability.

2022 Best Practices Awards

At the 2022 CollegeSource Annual Conference this summer, we will be honoring our next round of recipients, so send us your nominations! We encourage you to nominate your own school or anyone you know who is finding great success for the staff and students of Higher Ed.

Who is eligible?

Any college, university, or organization that is using one or more CollegeSource products and will be in attendance at the 2022 CollegeSource Annual Conference taking place in San Diego, CA, from June 23-30, to receive the award.

We will be accepting submissions now through Friday, May 27.

Submit Sourcie Nomination

If you haven’t registered for the 2022 CollegeSource Annual Conference yet, now is the time! Space is limited. Stay tuned for the final session agenda to be announced next week. To learn more and register your spot, visit the conference website.

Spring Framework Security Concerns Answered

Apr 10, 2022

At the end of March 2022, VMWare, Inc., announced two security flaws related to their Spring Framework, causing some concern and questions for several uAchieve clients:

CVE-2022-22963 is specific to the Spring Cloud Function library. None of the uAchieve applications use this library, therefore uAchieve is not vulnerable to this security flaw and no action is required by our clients to mitigate.

CVE-2022-22965 results from a flaw in the Spring MVC and Spring WebFlux libraries. Spring MVC is used by uAchieve applications and therefore clients are potentially exposed. However, the security flaw is only present when Spring MVC is run with Java 9 or higher. uAchieve is only supported with Java 8, so our clients running uAchieve should NOT be exposed. To be sure your systems are not vulnerable, make sure you are running uAchieve with Java 8 and update to Tomcat to the 8, 9, or 10 release.

More details about the impact of this CVE on uAchieve and steps that can be taken to harden your environment are available in our security alert.

We will update the alert should more details be made available by Spring or others in the community.