I have moved several times as an adult. Each move has started out much the same: I am charged with a burst of energy to reorganize and evaluate all my worldly possessions. I purge and develop a unique color-coded system to organize boxes. I tell myself, “This move will be different! It won’t be stressful!” But life happens, and inevitably as the big day arrives I find myself throwing random items into boxes (those juice glasses don’t need to be wrapped in newspaper, we can just put them in this bin of baby clothes!) and then dumping said boxes into a spare room of my new abode to be dealt with later.

Maybe you have not physically moved recently, but have you embarked on a digital migration or move? Often when moving to a new database or school year, you start off with great organization intentions (just like me). But as reality sets in and timelines rapidly progress, you fall into a similar practice of dumping everything into the database to be organized and evaluated later.

The good news is that Blackbaud’s education management portfolio has several new data imports that can help you feel less overwhelmed when sorting through and organizing your school’s data. Use this robust tool to add large quantities of new, clean data to your system, or to quickly and efficiently update and tidy up data that you are already storing.
Want to learn more about the data import process as well as tips and tricks for working with large data files? Register today for the new Blackbaud University course, K–12 Core: Importing Data.

Good news for Blackbaud Learn® training subscribers! If your school has a Learn More subscription, this class is included. Not a subscriber? Find out how a Learn subscription can help develop efficiency and build skills for every user of your system.

First Impressions Matter

When her child turned 4, Hannah called the best school in town to ask about kindergarten enrollment. Hannah was left on hold for 15 minutes until the admissions director could take the call. The director told Hannah to visit the school’s website for information, and if Hannah were still interested she could fill out an inquiry form online. The director apologized but said he didn’t know how to help unless Hannah completed the inquiry form.

Hannah was actually interested in touring the school and asking questions in person, not in filling out forms online. She realized maybe this school wasn’t the best school in town after all. Disappointed, Hannah began to open her mind to other school options.
Your school’s admissions process sets the tone for parents like Hannah. The admissions process doesn’t look identical for every prospective family, so it’s important to understand each aspect of the journey. From inquiring, to accessing your school’s online password-protected community, to applying, and to eventually receiving decision and financial aid information, your school has the power to guide parents and students along their journey to enrollment.

Interested in learning more about the admissions process for your school and prospective families? Our self-guided on-demand eLearning courses, K–12 Enrollment Management: Basics of the Admissions Process and K–12 Enrollment Management: Basics of Admissions and Enrollment Forms, can help you learn about the tools used in Blackbaud Enrollment Management System, to guide each prospective family down the path that’s right for them.

Want more self-guided insights? Explore all of the eLearning classes on the K–12 curriculum datasheet.
 
Posted by Michelle Grant on Jul 29, 2020 11:45 AM America/New_York

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