December 2016

Fuzzy images on your online registration site? Here’s how to fix them

By |December 1st, 2016|

We recently discovered two issues that were causing the course and staff images on some of our client’s online registration sites to appear fuzzy or distorted. Both problems have now been fixed, but you may still need to take further steps to resolve the issue for your particular site.

One of the issues was causing ASAP to distort the way your images were appearing on your site without harming the original image that we store in our system. If your images were affected by this problem there is nothing further you need to do; those images will now appear correctly.

However, the second issue was affecting the original image by incorrectly increasing the size of uploaded images that were smaller […]

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September 2016

New Look in Calendar for Pending and Trial Lessons

By |September 9th, 2016|

Now you can tell which private lessons have been paid for, which are still awaiting payment, and which are trial lessons, right from the calendar: A paid lesson has a solid gray border; an unpaid lesson has a dashed border, and a trial lesson has the word “Trial” after the title of the lesson.

December 2015

So long to 2015, hello to 2016…

By |December 31st, 2015|

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 […]

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September 2015

What is the GED really testing?

By |September 29th, 2015|

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 […]

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New WIOA keeps schools guessing… for now

By |September 15th, 2015|

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 […]

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January 2015

New Feature: Switching Private Lesson Instructors

By |January 30th, 2015|

So an instructor called this morning to say they need to take the final three weeks of the year off due to a family emergency. Or, you got a call from a student and they would like to switch to a different instructor for the remainder of the semester.

In the past you had to drop these students from their lessons and re-enroll them with a new instructor, meaning that switching instructors was possible but not as easy as it should be. Well today we’re making it a whole lot easier.

There are actually two ways to switch instructors now. Both of them can be done from the student’s private lesson detail […]

August 2014

New Director hired for Community Arts

By |August 22nd, 2014|

As part of an expansion of Client Services at ASAP, we’re pleased to announce Susanna Kemp is joining us this month directly from the esteemed Levine Music to lead our new Community Arts services group.

“With a 20-year history in software assessment and implementation for non-profits, Susanna’s thorough grasp of the users’ experience will be a valuable voice for arts organizations in our product development process and strategic planning for this market,” said Joel Meyer, CEO.

In her role overseeing ongoing support and services to arts organizations, Susanna will manage a team that steers new clients through design and implementation phases of the ASAP registration and management system. In her […]

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March 2014

Upcoming in ASAP: Lesson Packages

By |March 11th, 2014|

 
Today, we’re proud to introduce Lesson Packages. This is a new feature just entering beta mode in our Private Lessons module. The basic elements of the Lesson Packages — how they work and how they’re managed — are outlined here on the ASAP Support site. So let’s take a look at how they can benefit your organization.
First, what are Lesson Packages?
Let’s imagine that Samantha, a customer, wants to purchase eight private dance lessons for the upcoming school term. She doesn’t know the details of the lessons yet. But she wants to make the payment and the commitment today. Now, with Lesson Packages, she can do this. By going online to […]

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February 2014

Community School of Music and Arts Launches a More User-Friendly System

By |February 28th, 2014|

Just in time for the busy summer class and camp registration season, CSMA announced a new online registration system that would “provide a more user-friendly experience for CSMA students, as well as streamline internal processes for CSMA staff. ” We’re proud to welcome Community School of Music and Arts to ASAP!

Founded in 1968, CSMA is Northern California’s largest non-profit provider of arts education programs, and one of only ten such schools its size nationwide. Annually, CSMA directly serves over 20,000 students a year through visual arts and music classes, lessons, camps and community events. Their in-school programs alone reach 10,000+ students in over 30 schools across Silicon Valley.

For many years, CSMA had operated under a homegrown system for registration and data management but that solution had finally reached its last useful update. It was time to upgrade to a system that could handle all of its needs—from Family Accounts to real-time Reporting. Without question, CSMA is a unique client; however, so many community schools face this same decision point in managing their administrative technology that we’ve added what we hope is useful detail and insight into user feedback that prompted such a transition and the benefits gained. […]

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January 2014

2013: A TURNAROUND YEAR FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION

By |January 1st, 2014|

IN RETROSPECT

The ritual of looking back over our shoulder at gains and losses reminds us that the good stuff is rooted in successful small steps. 2013 was that kind of year. Nothing wild and crazy; well…the creative bravado of our summer interns excepted. We improved the product incrementally all year long, and methodically designed and built a brand new feature in high demand — Private Lessons Management. Attracting the attention of prestigious schools and start-up ventures alike, we enrolled a beta set of testers and advisors from the masters themselves—music schools. And debuted to a very generous audience at a national conference on arts education. One step at a time, […]

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