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 […]

909, 2015

Student merge tool down for maintenance

By |September 9th, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on Student merge tool down for maintenance

This Saturday, September 12th, we will be taking the student merge tool (Tools > Student Merge) down temporarily while we complete work on a new version of the tool. The new tool will be available some time in October.

Why not make the existing tool available while we work on the new one? 99% of the time the existing tool works perfectly, but there have been reports of student/parent records disappearing after being merged, and we don’t want to take the chance of anyone losing data unexpectedly.

One of the features of the new tool will be the ability to scan your entire student population for duplicates rather than having to go searching name by name. When […]

1008, 2015

Introducing Mobile Attendance and Schedules for Instructors

By |August 10th, 2015|Latest News, New Features|Comments Off on Introducing Mobile Attendance and Schedules for Instructors

Among an instructor’s least favorite activities, two that are usually at the top of their list are:

recording and submitting attendance
keeping up with changes to their schedules

With that in mind, as a gift to instructors (and administrators) everywhere we present to you the ASAP Teacher’s Assistant app. With Teacher’s Assistant an instructor can record and submit attendance from their phone, right from their classroom. And if there’s a last-minute change to their schedule, that will appear in the app as well.

 
To make sure there’s no excuse not to give it a try, we’ve made the app really, really easy to use:

Open the app.
Touch the class or lesson you want to submit attendance for.
Mark […]

2907, 2015

ASAP Quarterly Product Review For Q2 2015

By |July 29th, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on ASAP Quarterly Product Review For Q2 2015

Every three months we’ll be posting a review of the work we accomplished in the prior quarter. It’s an opportunity to highlight improvements and new features you may not have discovered yet. We’ll also touch on any upcoming projects that have reached the final planning stages in the “What’s Next” section at the bottom of this post.

Today we’re reviewing the projects we completed in the second quarter of 2015.

Finances

We made a large number of “under the hood” improvements to the code that powers our financial features (invoices, fees, financial reports, etc). You won’t see most of these changes visually but you will see improved stability and speed when dealing with […]

2406, 2015

ASAP Events Revisited

By |June 24th, 2015|New Features|Comments Off on ASAP Events Revisited

Hey there everyone, my name is Eric. As some of you may already know, I am your dedicated “Events” guy, charged with improving this side of the product and making ASAP that much easier for our users. We’ve been rethinking Events and just released an update with several improvements I want to call your attention to.

Some of the features we’ve recently added originated as client suggestions, while other ideas evolved as developers and I redesigned the look and layout of your screen. Let’s check out some of the changes.

One of our most recent improvements is a redesign of our Event Detail page. You’ll notice a few things have been […]