Pros and cons of using PowerSchool Enrollment Express
What were you using previously for registration/forms?
The difficulty level of transferring to the use of PowerSchool Enrollment Express
The mental shift of how forms are presented to families and what the district responsibility is was the toughest to get over because of how different the review/approval process is. But once that's learned, it's smooth sailing thereafter.
Do you also use eCollect form? What are the pros and cons of eCollect if you use.
@Karin1108, you are more than welcome to private message me, and I will be more than happy to talk to you and answer any questions you might have regarding either product, Enrollment Express or Ecollect Forms.
I hate to toot my own horn, but you can also watch the video that I made with the sales staff regarding Enrollment Express - https://www.powerschool.com/casestudy/marysville-exempted-village-school-district-flexibility-and-ti...
@JeromeO did a great job with his responses, so I will only add a few notes here.
Hope the additional info helps!
We recently got contacted about upgrading from Enrollment to Enrollment Express.
It sounds like you've had both products and from your review you'd recommend going to Enrollment Express over Enrollment any day?
I'm just trying to figure out if this is something we should do or if we should just stay with Enrollment. There have been times we have been very frustrated with Enrollment, but we feel like we are somewhat getting it figured out, so it makes me nervous to jump to Enrollment Express and have to "start over" (not that we would have to start from scratch, but it would be all new to us again).
@cbroadus sorry it took 2½ months to see your question and respond! I don't know if you've gotten your answers already, but I figured I'd post a confirmation for anyone else reading who stumbles by.
Yes, our experience between Original Enrollment and EnEx/EC has been night-and-day. When we made the decision to switch, we had just received self-service form dev permission in Enrollment and I had revamped the form packet as a contingency. We were still dissatisfied with the technical support model as well as performance issues that plagued Year-round Update.
But overall, EnEx is only one component of the whole package. For us, Ecollect is where the greater value lies. I just published a set of forms for students to apply to test out of prereq classes in some subjects. I added more automation to our math test-out form this year in consultation with our secondary math curriculum specialist so that the form grabs the student's current math class and teacher, and the next course in the math progression.
The student only has to acknowledge all the requirements of the test-out procedures, and then the schools review & approve (or not). Then they can build their testing session rosters.
We also harness extra power by combining the data collected by Ecollect with Freund Resources' sqlReports.
There is definitely the hassle of starting all over again. But what we really noticed when we pushed through it, though, was fewer complaints from parents. Set-up and implementation was scary for the same reasons you mentioned -- just getting the hang of the existing product, not wanting to put everyone through learning another new thing, etc. But after getting past that hump, it's been much simpler overall.