205, 2016

ASAP University Now Live

By |May 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We’re excited to announce the release of ASAP University! ASAP U is a collection of video tutorials specifically designed to get you up and running with ASAP. The tutorials are grouped into four courses:

Registrar Basics
Class Management
Private Lesson Management
A Quick Look Around

The courses are set up as a guided curriculum with each tutorial building upon what you’ve already learned. The four courses include video guides that are quick and instructive, all of which will help you get versed in and up to speed with the different modules in ASAP.

In addition to the video courses, ASAP University also includes scheduled webinars, which are broadcast globally, on our new features and revamped pages, […]

1504, 2016

New options for student report templates

By |April 15th, 2016|New Features|Comments Off on New options for student report templates

We’ve recently made changes to our beloved Student Report, and the underlying data templates that power it.

In addition to giving you the ability to build templates from any data fields for a student, we’ve now added the ability to include aggregates and other related data. For starters, we’ve included the following new options that can be added to any student data template:

Age
Account Balance
Account Credit
Customer Groups
Enrollments
Primary Account Name
Primary Account Email
Primary Account Phone
Tenure (months)

Let us know what else you’d like to see included here and we’ll get to work on it!

For more info regarding how to use data templates with the Student Report, check out this article

2603, 2016

New Instructor Availability Page!

By |March 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Instructor Availability Page!

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our new redesigned instructor availability page! Our development team has been busy working on a number of improvements and new features for this page and we’re pleased with the results. The new page will be available live on Thursday, March 24th.

For those of you new to entering availability in ASAP, instructor availability allows you to track when your teaching staff is available to teach. Any availability entered will integrate with the master calendar, making scheduling much easier and quicker. Click here to learn more about how instructor availability works in ASAP.

The new page will have better search and filtering options, as well […]

2502, 2016

New Servers Are Coming!

By |February 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Servers Are Coming!

On Saturday, March 12th April 23rd at 4pm pacific time, we will be performing a major upgrade to the hardware that runs your ASAP system.

For the last few months our engineers have been busy drawing schematics, purchasing servers, and configuring systems that will become the basis for a new ASAP Systems Platform.

The new hardware includes a brand new database server with exponentially more power than what we are running on now, as well as improved configuration for quicker disaster recovery, failover, and scalability.

We’ve also significantly upgraded our physical web servers with greatly improved specs for performance. In addition, all are now running virtualized […]

1301, 2016

ASAP Now Accepting eChecks for BluePay!

By |January 13th, 2016|New Features|Comments Off on ASAP Now Accepting eChecks for BluePay!

As we continue to integrate with the multitude of different merchant payment gateway processors within ASAP, we are happy to announce we now accept Automated Clearing House (ACH) or eChecks with BluePay. This feature has been requested for quite some time and we’re proud to include it among ASAP’s robust payment options for customers. Some of the benefits with eChecks include an increase to sales by offering flexibility in payment types received as well as the ability to cut down on costs associated with paper processing checks. This could mean more revenue and less money spent on time-consuming processes.

eChecks are provided by BluePay as a means to not only offer fast and convenient services […]

3112, 2015

So long to 2015, hello to 2016…

By |December 31st, 2015|Community Education, Latest News|Comments Off on So long to 2015, hello to 2016…

The year 2015 was a year of growth for the U.S. as well as ASAP. The U.S. economy grew, albeit more slowly than expected. Congress passed a few laws, made some headway on the budget and just recently passed the big new replacement to the ‘not very well received’ No Child Left Behind Act. The new ESSA education act, combined with the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) bill passed in July, will hopefully lead to more emphasis on local control and flexibility to better align education with the community’s needs.

The realization that not everyone should go to college means more time, effort and resources can and should be spent on vocational training […]

2212, 2015

Happy Holidays Everyone!

By |December 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Happy Holidays Everyone!

We just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for being our customers and to wish you all the very best for this holiday season and for the new year to come!

411, 2015

Changes To Our Software Update Process

By |November 4th, 2015|Latest News, New Features, Uncategorized|2 Comments

In an ongoing commitment to quality and service we have recently decided to change the way we deliver updates to the ASAP platform. And after several months of planning and preparation we are excited to announce that today will be the last of our traditional “weekly updates”, in favor of a new process designed to improve quality and reduce the potential for deployment-related problems. This new process is known as Continuous Delivery and is used by many of the biggest and most successful cloud service providers including Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Netflix, Airbnb, Atlassian, and even one you may not think of as a software company: Tesla!
 
Historically we have developed and released […]

2909, 2015

What is the GED really testing?

By |September 29th, 2015|Adult Basic Education, Community Education|Comments Off on What is the GED really testing?

Some of you may recall the news that there is a new GED (General Educational Development) test in town.

The GED Testing Service, a non-profit, administered the old GED and decided what content was included. The GED was well known as a decent replacement for a high school diploma for any student who dropped out of high school before graduating. Students could go to school, catch up on their education, study and most could successfully pass the GED. This would help them find jobs, better jobs, get into college, and generally move their lives forward.

But then, in 2014 the GED was privatized and is now owned by Pearson, a […]

1509, 2015

New WIOA keeps schools guessing… for now

By |September 15th, 2015|Adult Basic Education, Conferences|Comments Off on New WIOA keeps schools guessing… for now

A big topic at the recent conferences I have been attending, including some regional state conferences and COABE in Denver, has been the new WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) legislation that was passed by Congress. This is one of the key funding vehicles that provide adults with education at the local level. The previous legislation, WIA (Workforce Investment Act), provided funding to agencies to help educate adults who lack basic skills. Both acts are meant to educate adults who lack basic education (think Reading or Math or speaking English), who dropped out of high school and now realize they need to finish their high school diploma or […]