Jenzabar SONIS Update Enables Institutions to Improve Student Engagement and Retention

New Release of Jenzabar’s Student Information System Gains Momentum Among Small and Specialized Schools Because It Can Reduce Attrition and Improve Student Engagement

Jenzabar, Inc., a leading technology innovator in higher education serving the new student, today announced an upgrade to Jenzabar SONIS, a student information system (SIS) designed specifically for smaller or specialized institutions. The new release incorporates additional functionality to enable better student communications and engagement. With the latest Jenzabar SONIS release, higher education institutions, including career and technical colleges serving non-traditional students, can implement a new, tailored at-risk alert system that allows staff to establish unique parameters for their institution and measure and track students who are at risk of dropping out due to grades, attendance, notes, or activities. The system includes notification functionality that will alert users if a student’s risk levels change based on predetermined metrics and thresholds.

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“Retention of students is a high priority for all institutions, but more so for smaller colleges like us,” said Timothy Ring, Director of Financial Aid & Enrollment Technology at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “It is much easier and more cost-effective to retain a student than it is to recruit a new student. Tracking and alerting staff to at-risk students will allow colleges to reach out to these students and offer services that could put them on the right track to succeed before it’s too late. I am looking forward to this new enhancement of Jenzabar SONIS.”

In addition to bringing in more retention functionality, the new Jenzabar SONIS release includes enhanced digital engagement capabilities by allowing students who are applying online to share a secure link for third parties to fill out reference forms. This new capability is meant to ease the online application process while empowering prospective students with more control.

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Jenzabar SONIS also includes integrations with Twilio, a communications company, and Duo, an online security company. The integration with Twilio allows institutions to send mass text messages to students and faculty through a user-friendly platform. By integrating Jenzabar SONIS with Duo, institutions can add two-factor authentication and can bolster the authentication setup process.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, which is disrupting and influencing radical changes across the higher education industry, Jenzabar remains committed to addressing the pain points of all institutions by continuously delivering product enhancements. The regular improvements made to Jenzabar SONIS has supported the offering’s momentum among institutions that are finding it increasingly important to enable stronger digital engagement capabilities.

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