Blackbaud’s Education Management Solutions: What’s New For January 31, 2023 8853

Blackbaud’s Education Management Solutions: What’s New For January 31, 2023


Here are the latest changes, updates, and new features for the Education management products for January 31, 2023.

Higher Education Community Blog

Make sure to read up on all the new blog posts in the community, right here.

Check out our new video series on Assessments here!


Coming soon: New academic profiles

We are planning to roll out a new version of Academic Profiles to all schools in the first quarter of 2023.
Just like the old Academic Profile, the new 360 Profile displays when you select a student or alumnus via the People finder in Academics. The new profile contains the same features and capabilities as the older Academic Profile (plus a few new tools that we’ll show off in the Community post linked below), but arranged under new tab headings in a more accessible format. Depending on your role at the school, some or all of the following profile areas will be available to you.
To see screenshots of the upcoming 360 Profile and an explanation of the new features, check out the announcement in the Higher Education Solutions Community.

Filter on essay questions when evaluating Assessments

When evaluating an assessment, faculty can select Show only essay questions to easily identify the essay questions included in their assessment. Once the awarded points are entered for an essay question, it continues to display with the Show only essay questions filter enabled. Previously, faculty were able to select a Show only questions awaiting evaluation filter to isolate essay questions, but the questions no longer displayed once the awarded points were entered.

Add answer choices after students begin an Assessment

Once students begin taking an assessment, faculty can add additional answer choices to Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank, and Matching questions. Once additional answer choices are saved to the assessment, they cannot be deleted.
Students with the assessment open must select Close to exit the assessment, then select Resume to see the new answer choices available in their instance of the assessment. If the option to Allow students to resume independently is not enabled in the assessment settings, faculty can enable that option or select Allow continue on the evaluation page for any students who started the assessment before the new answer choices were added.

Used answers grayed out in Matching questions

In Matching questions, students choosing to type their answers now see the used answer choices grayed out in the Answer Bank. With this change, students can easily identify the remaining answer choices.

Billing management

Join our upcoming webinar on Wednesday, February 8 at 11 AM EST

Join Business Consultant Rana Audain at an upcoming webinar to look at key considerations for schools initially setting up Billing Management and those needing a refresher on essential setup functions.
In this session, Rana will review the following:
  • The Billing Clerk role and how to assign it to users.
  • Setup of Billing Management infrastructure, such as account numbers, payment plans, fees, and more.
  • Navigating the student Billing Profile page.
  • Working with integrated contracts and creating basic lists.
  • How to manually apply charges, credits, and payments to students in bulk.
  • Where the Billing Clerk can manually pull a CSV file to post transactions into their accounting software.

Prepare for tax season with our latest updates to 1098Ts

We’ve made several changes to the 1098T publishing process, including:
  • Manual adjustments to the Tax years list, including column arrangement, custom column selections, and column sort preferences, now persist between each visit to the list.
  • Unpublish is a new action added to the More menu for published tax records. Billing clerks unpublish records when they need to make corrections. Unpublished tax records are removed from student profiles and are thus no longer accessible until republished.
  • International is a new optional column on the Tax years list.

Finally, refamiliarize yourself with publishing 1098Ts by leveraging our guided tutorial.

Role filter added to Aged Accounts receivables report

Billing clerks can now filter by student role in the Aged accounts receivables report.
Filter by role by selecting Filter and selecting Select values under Role criteria; determine which roles should be included in the report, then choose Select and Apply filter.


Transaction ID column added to Distribution list

Transaction ID is a new default and interactable column in the Distribution list, providing the reference ID of the transaction tied to the distribution. Select a Transaction ID to produce a summary of the transaction.


Enrollment management

Admissions Progress

Candidates will now see their Year, Grade, and School level that they're applying to from the Admissions Progress Page. This information appears under the Address and Phone section in the header. This change is intended to make life a little easier for families with multiple children as well as confirming that the parent/guardian is applying to the correct campus and grade level without having to back out completely to confirm.

Official Notes

Official notes now feature additional placeholders for admissions managers to use. With this release, we've added School level and Grade level.

API and Integrations

School API


We've added a new endpoint, GET Content Resource Board (BETA). This endpoint is in BETA and may be removed or replaced with a 90-day deprecation period.

GET Content Resource Board (BETA) returns a list of resources relative to the role and publish dates of the logged-in user.

Additionally, GET List Single now features a new and optional page_size parameter; define a value of up to 1000 to page_size to limit the number of advanced lists returned in the response. Note that the default value for page_size parameter is 1000, and page_size does not apply to basic lists.


We've added a new abbreviation property to GET Core grade levels.

We've changed the value of student_info.grade_level_id returned in GET Users extended by user with the correct data; the new value now corresponds with the value of id returned in GET Core grade levels.

School API and OneRoster API

For information about recently added endpoints and updates, view the School API and OneRoster API changelog.

Subscribe to “What’s New”

To receive email notifications when the What’s new update appears, make sure to subscribe to the Higher education community’s blog by logging into the community site and selecting the Subscribe button.
To manage your community subscriptions:
  1. Log into the community and locate your name and profile picture in the upper right corner.
  2. Select the drop-down arrow and select My Account.
  3. From the My Account page, select the Subscriptions tab and scroll down to the Blogs section.
  4. Locate Blackbaud Higher Education solutions Blog. If you want to be notified as soon as the What’s new content goes live on the community, select the Instant option. You can also opt for Daily and Weekly notifications.
  5. Scroll to the end of the page and select Save changes.

What’s Recent

Missed any of our weekly releases? You can catch up on everything in our Month in Review blog posts, which cover every feature and update Education management releases each month.

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