EagleApps: A One-stop Shop in the Hands of Users
In December of 2020, Boston College of Massachusetts launched EagleApps, a groundbreaking platform created for students, faculty, and administrators with a “one-stop shopping” approach that integrates vital areas of support for student success. EagleApps is a home base for course and program management, registration, financial aid, advising, payments and billing, academic records management, and other critical functions. CollegeSource is proud to have played a role in the EagleApps project with the integration of the uAchieve® Degree Audit as a streamlined way to track student progress toward degree completion and automatically determine equivalent credit and degree applicability of transfer coursework.
Ayman Rabi, Vice President of Services and Support at CollegeSource, says, “Boston College is yet another example of the growing and changing environment with higher education institutions and how adaptable CollegeSource products are. Our number one goal is client success and we are so happy to be a part of Boston College achieving their success.”
uAchieve Implementation in EagleApps
Through a collaborative effort with Boston College, CollegeSource was able to create a customized integration of uAchieve with the new EagleApps platform. Vincent Turpin, Lead Programmer Analyst at CollegeSource, notes that “the integration was similar to many of our uAchieve implementations in the sense that we have a highly tailorable product and have gotten very used to working closely with our clients to tailor it to them. We have developed a product that is flexible so clients can maintain their best practices while still getting the most out of uAchieve.
“Even so,” he says, “the Boston College implementation really differed in the fact that we had to be particularly flexible as EagleApps was a system that was under development and changing over time, so specifications could and did change frequently.”
What resulted from these unique parameters? Turpin says, “This is how Boston College ended up as our first REST client for the SDL and a few other interface locations in the apps, thus allowing us to change the background data at any time while maintaining stable output. We have since simplified that model and are using a slimmed-down version of that with many other clients. Additionally, we were able to capitalize on a good deal of technical experience with Boston College as well as a particularly great functional team. One of the best things about this project is that I think we learned so much from each other.”
With uAchieve integrated with EagleApps, degree audits are now run electronically and saved to the student account on the app, saving the thousands of printed audits that were once handed out as print-outs to every student. Additionally, beginning with Summer 2022 registration, clearance will be submitted electronically by advisors.
Hear from EagleApps Key Figures on the Project
To learn more about the EagleApps project, read the Boston College News article where two of the project’s key figures, ITS Director of Project, Planning & Portfolio Governance Denis Walsh and Student Services Information Systems Director Jennifer Mack, provide an update on the platform’s first year, and what’s to come next.
➡️ Read the article here.