Slatest News - February 2021

The Slatest News - February 2020


Dispatches from Slate Feedback
Check out the latest from Slate Feedback—our product management team has been actively soliciting your thoughts for new ideas and posting updates about existing and completed features. In addition to the comprehensive list available on the Development Roadmap, here are some of our favorite updates from the last few weeks:

  • Introducing the Query Library
    Unlock the power of pre-built query elements! Configure filters, exports, subqueries, calculations, ranks, sorts, and more. Once saved to the Query Library, these resources can be added by your users to their queries throughout your Slate database, saving time and ensuring query consistency. Read more about this feature in the Query Library Documentation.
  • Preserve Transcript Material Upon Direct School Deletion
    It's now possible to change the default behavior when a school is deleted by an applicant. By default, any transcript materials associated with a school record are deleted when the school is deleted. If you wish to preserve them, use the the new "Application: Direct School Deletion Behavior" Configuration Key to set a reassignment material, or opt to send the material to Batch Acquire. Check out the Slate Feedback post for more information on this setting, and make any desired changes via Database >> Configuration Keys.
  • Rule Groups: Check Logic & Drag and Drop Reorder
    Rules within exclusivity groups can now be viewed via the new Rules Editor >> Groups interface, which allows for more advanced functionality. Save time when testing or troubleshooting by using Preview Actions or Check Logic for one exclusivity group at a time. Do you have a long list of rules that you need to reorder? You can now drag and drop rules within an exclusivity group to automatically reorder their priority number. 
  • New Aggregate Functions: Standard Deviation and More
    New aggregate functions such as standard deviation, standard deviation (population), variance, and variance (population) are now available in configurable joins subquery exports and subquery filters.
  • Batch Management by Population
    Batch Management output options are now available when running a query on a "Person by Population" or "Application by Population" base. Read more about managing record access within queries by population in the Slate Knowledge Base.
  • New "Schedule Report" Frequency Options
    Do you have a report that you need to send out on a specific day of the month? Perhaps you have an every other week report, a once every six weeks report, or other more nuanced scheduling needs. Reports now supports many schedule report frequency options, including custom weekly schedules with interval options, monthly by day of the month, and start and end dates. Happy recurring reporting! for Students
We have officially launched for students! New features and functionality will enable students to update their academic information, register for college visits, share information with colleges, and provide additional counselors and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with read-only access to application statuses and decisions. These enhancements support our goal to provide counselors and students with a technology that will foster stronger communication with colleges, regardless of their location or resources. Learn more about application sharing settings for here.



A Fresh New Look
We are excited to announce that our annual Summit has expanded into the Slate Innovation Festival! This  new series of programming caters to the diverse interests of our growing community of more than 1,300 institutions and 125,000 users.

Now held over two months in May and June, the new Slate Innovation Festival will feature:

  • Slate Stage:  50+ webinars led by members of the Slate community (Registration is free; many events are open to the public)
  • Base Camp:  Four weeks of interactive, specialized, and comprehensive training courses for all levels; hosted through our Learning Lab platform. (Requires a Festival Pass; exclusive to the Slate community)
  • Slate Summit:  Returns in 2022! In-person, two-day conference featuring keynotes, sessions, networking, meals, and entertainment (Requires a Festival Pass)

While we had hoped to host the Slate Summit in Nashville this year, current conditions do not yet support a live event that is expected to draw more than 4,000 attendees. The in-person Slate Summit will return in 2022.

Learn more and register for your Slate Innovation Festival pass today!



Virtual Conversations: Slate Presents 
Save the dates for two webinars you won't want to miss—register today!

  • Slate Spotlight: Experience – Wednesday, February 24 at 2:00 pm ET: Join Erin Gore, General Manager of, for an overview of new and exciting features for students, school counselors, community-based organizations, and colleges.
  • Community Conversations: Graduate and Professional Admissions – Tuesday, March 9 at 2:00 pm ET: Join Ken Higgins, General Manager of Student Success, for a panel discussion focused on topics of special importance to graduate and professional admissions offices with Christopher Rios of Baylor University Graduate School and Jose Villa from the Columbia School of Nursing. Topics will include managing centralized vs. decentralized admissions operations, engaging with faculty and staff, recruiting underrepresented students, and successfully transitioning to an online degree program. 

Check out a recording of last month's webinar, Slate Spotlight: Configurable Joins with Alexander Clark, or find all our previous webinars on demand here.

Online Training: Fundamentals of Slate
Do you have new staff in your office, or others looking for a Slate refresher? With our Fundamentals of Slate events, we've migrated our initial implementation and training to be fully online via our new eLearning training platform, the Technolutions Learning Lab

Each Fundamentals event spans 14 days, allowing users to learn at their own pace through interactive, online course content and virtual office hours with Technolutions experts. With events available focusing on Admissions & Enrollment, Student Success, and  Advancement, there are options to fit the needs of your process.

The next Fundamentals events begin on Monday, March 1. Register now within your Slate database by navigating to Database >> Support Resources >> Learning Lab.



Stay Connected with Slate Preferred Partners
Don’t miss these opportunities to learn more about Configurable Joins with RHB team members and their webinar series, Build a Better Instance with RHB: Configurable Joins.

  • Building Up: Intermediate Configurable Joins Skills and Use Cases – Tuesday, March 2 at 12:00 pm ET
  • Expanding into New Spaces: Configurable Joins Subqueries and Advanced Concepts – Tuesday, March 30 at 12:00 pm ET
These webinars will walk you through the essentials of Slate's powerful querying tool, from basic terminology to advanced applications. Designed for Slate users who are experienced in constructing queries for their instance’s operational needs, these sessions will build off each other to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of Configurable Joins. Register here.


Get the virtual #SlateOnTour experience with Technolutions staff at this upcoming event. Log on and say hello—and tell your Slate (and future Slate!) colleagues, too.   

  • The Connection Hosted by Carnegie Dartlet – Thursday, February 25 at 10:00 am ET
    Our own Ken Higgins will join forces with Samford University to discuss how they utilized both Slate and Carnegie Dartlet to develop and report on digital campaigns that positively impacted the enrollment funnel. Learn how to configure a successful communications strategy—from field creation through to advanced reporting—that integrates best-in-class features of both platforms. Register here for this free event.


💻 Tweet & Greet  
We love seeing all the ways that you Slate every day. Here are a few of our favorite posts from the last few weeks—keep those tweets coming!

  • Has it been three years already?! Thanks to Redeemer University College's Willem de Ruijter for sharing this Slate milestone. 
  • A new Slate database? Definitely worthy of tears of joy. We love the go-live enthusiasm from Mackenzie Dowling of Oakland University. 
  • It's cold out there—keep your beverages warm! Aubrey Rogers from Newman University received the perfect Slate gift from her colleague.
  • There's nothing like seeing someone's first reaction to Slate. Thanks to the team at Eastern Kentucky University for making us smile.  
  • We might not carry it in the Slate Spirit Shop, but NYU's Brian Hoffmeister gave us a good laugh with this "product" shot.  
  • We are excited to welcome John McGreal and Bellin University to the Slate community.
  • Thanks to Katie Bolton from Rockhurst University for the Valentine's Day love. The feeling is definitely mutual!
🥰 Stuck On You
Looking for a playlist that will keep you listening all night long? Since it was such a hit on Valentine's Day, we decided to keep the easy listening vibes of Lionel Richie going a little bit longer. 



Em Depre
Client Support Engineer
Technolutions Portland

What is a skill you'd like to learn?
How to be a morning person.

What song is stuck in your head lately?

Tough question. I'm often swapping music with friends, but in this moment it would be "Two of Us on the Run" by Lucius.

What book would you recommend and why?
Pelvis with Distance by Jessica Jacobs. It's a biography-in-poems of Georgia O'Keeffe interwoven with Jacobs's own time in the desert. It's through that friction where a meditation of creativity, isolation, and human connection emerges.

What snack are you craving right now?
Crunchwrap Supreme, always.

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