The Terra Dotta Study Abroad 21.1 Release was installed on client production sites on April 24, 2021. This release delivers a series of client-driven improvements to features within the Admin Console and Applicant Experience, which includes the much anticipated auto-save for questionnaires. In addition, we're excited to announce that all user roles in the Study Abroad product can now experience the modern look and feel of today's Terra Dotta. This is demonstrated with updates to recommenders in the Recommendations for Terra Dotta Study Abroad feature.
Your engagement continues to drive our product development, and we thank you for your constructive feedback across our various communication channels. Let's keep building forward together: send us your feedback on the Terra Dotta Study Abroad 21.1 Release!
Exploring the Terra Dotta Study Abroad Release Webinar
Get a full overview of this release with members of Terra Dotta Study Abroad's product team during the Exploring the Terra Dotta Study Abroad Release Webinar. This event, scheduled for Thursday, May 6 at 1:00 PM Eastern, is open for registration. Register now!
New & Updated Functionality
Recommendations continue to play a key role in an office's application process, and we're excited to introduce a modern touch to this classic tool in sites using the Applicant Experience. Recommenders can now take action in an updated Recommender Console that addresses several popular requests, including auto-save for recommendation forms, the recommender's ability to copy previous recommendation form responses, and a post-submission confirmation email for the recommender.
Managing dates in the Admin Console just got a whole lot easier thanks to these two improvements:
- Automatic Itinerary Cascade: Now when a program's itinerary records are updated in Program Wizard, an automatic itinerary cascade takes place to update all applications in the app cycle to reflect the changes made.
- Per-App Cycle Program Activation: For offices who wish to activate or deactivate a program on per-app cycle basis, support has been provided in Program Wizard. In addition, a new view has been added to App Cycle Management from which an admin can manage this action for all programs in an app cycle.
A more inclusive option for populating the core data value field of "gender" in Terra Dotta Study Abroad is now available with the use of the Custom Gender Lookup Table. A downloadable table of non-binary gender identities can be accessed from the Terra Dotta Community Library - or offices may create their own customized lookup table.
Navigating the requirements of an application has become more streamlined with the addition of an auto-save feature for questionnaires in the Applicant Experience. As applicants work, they are notified by the system when unsaved responses are saved. The only button that appears to an applicant is "Done". Recommenders also benefit from this update when completing recommendations via the Recommender Console.
- New: "Selection List" cost item type. Create your own pick-list of options from which an applicant makes their selection.
- New: Admin option to copy previous year's cost sheet items into the cost sheet being edited.
- Updated: Default value option for "Manual Entry" cost item type. Admins can set a starting value beyond $0.00 to create a more realistic cost sheet total for applicants.
- New: Hover text over the application requirement's progress wheel now displays the date and time for when an application in a rules-based app cycle was last refreshed.
- Updated: Ability to sort columns.
- Updated: Ability to access application links from within the audit results.
- Updated: The Navigation Menu is always set to be static, thus remaining visible to the user when scrolling a page.
A number of known issues have been resolved. Read more.
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