The ASCENDER Enterprise software offers all the features you would expect, and so much more, including workflows, customized reports, and resource planning tools. The powerful web-based Business ERP and Student Information System applications are written specifically for Texas schools. All state-mandated extracts and support for federal OCR reporting are included. ASCENDER features a professionally designed user interface to simplify tasks with consistency and refined functionality throughout each application, as well as sleek, easy navigation.
ASCENDER Business Applications
Streamlined – Efficient – Flexible
ASCENDER Business applications provide powerful options that adapt to unique business needs yet ensure that all state and federal reporting requirements are met. Streamlined processes and cross-application integration mean maximum productivity for administrators and staff.
The application automatically generates invoices and interfaces directly with the Finance application to maintain billing records. Flexibility is built in, allowing for full or partial payments, overpayments, adjustments, credit memos, and approvals, while always keeping the general ledger in sync.
The application collects and streamlines a wide range of detailed information in accordance with the Financial Accountability System Resource Guide. The GL summary drill-down gives insight into all transactions and account details. 1099 processing, invoice matching, automatic balancing, and easy corrections ensure a balanced history month after month. In addition, Budget Amendment Request (BAR) tools accommodate every situation after final approval.
The application keeps users in control of items ordered. Workflow tools guide users through requisition, purchase order, and contract processes. Easily track actual costs and threshold amounts, and use comparison reports to better understand expenditures.
The application ensures accurate tracking of capital and inventory assets, transferring purchased item information from Finance, and simplifying inventory management. From depreciation to reporting, the tools are uncomplicated. ASCENDER Asset Management is GASB 34-compliant.
The application puts users in control of department budgets, whether built from scratch or automatically generated. Items can efficiently be amended during the recommendation to approval process, and automatically post the approved budgets to Finance.
The application provides reliable, accurate paycheck processing for multiple pay concepts and frequencies, plus automatic computation of pay rates and deductions, leave balances, and more. TRS processing is built in, and payroll simulations ensure predictable results.
ASCENDER Student Applications provide thoughtful, flexible tools that meet the unique school needs yet ensure that all state and federal reporting requirements are met. Cross-application integration means that realtime comprehensive student information is always available. Mass update utilities, filtered directory searching, and built-in validations save time. Powerful ad hoc reporting tools are included in each application. Coming soon: Ed-Fi as a Service.
The application allows posting for every need: by individual, period, program, and more, including student-specific comments for each absence, and posting history is always available. Detailed calendars can be built for each track that accounts for Texas-mandated instructional minutes, as well as planned and unplanned school closures.
This full-featured application allows easy building of district and campus master schedules, and provides handy tools such as walk-in scheduler, transfer student management, and support for skills-based grading. Report cards and progress reports can be electronically delivered to parents. New student? No problem.
Spinal and acanthosis are included, along with vision, hearing, and tuberculosis, and mass entry pages are a timesaver. Integration with ParentPortal ensures that parents know when immunizations are due or missing.
Powerful tools and algorithms use course information and campus resources, student course requests, and graduation plans to create the best possible campus and student schedules. Scheduling changes are a snap.
The application integrates with TeacherPortal and StudentPortal, so teachers can enter referrals, and everyone stays informed. Administrator tools facilitate secure notifications and comment sharing, and PEIMS code crosswalks ensure accurate reporting to the state.
The application also interfaces with Scheduling, so course requests can automatically be generated based on a student’s graduation plan. With optional StudentPortal integration, students have controllable access to decision making tools. Personal Graduation Plans are also a cinch.
From First Day Attendance Mass Activation, to enrollment by Attendance Zone, the processes can be automated and save valuable time. Parents can also enroll new students online, register returning students, and maintain student data and forms.