Why integrate with your student information system?
Behind all the amazing career content, resources and information now easily accessible on your uConnect platform is a suite of marketing tools and technology to proactively engage students. These tools are instrumental in driving engagement with the platform, and ultimately, the full range of career resources promoted on your uConnect platform. In order to take advantage of these tools, you need your student contact information loaded into the system.
What information do we recommend including?
We require very basic data, just name and email. That being said, we recommend you bring in much more than that, so that you know more about each student, and can tailor your communications to them based on those known interests. Attributes like graduation year, major, career / industry interest or even affinity information can help you more effectively promote the right content, to the right users. Having this information on hand allows admin on your team to target select user groups or class years, activate curated newsletters that send unique content to each individual students, or send bulk-emails to your entire student body with just a few clicks.
Part of ensuring the accuracy of your student information is to make sure that it’s updated regularly. In the past, this would include submitting an Excel file with student contact information through our secure intake form. Now, we’ve developed a universal integration with student information systems, to streamline and automate the process.
Our universal integration pulls in updated student information on a regular basis, that way - no matter how many students change their major, transfer in, or graduate, you have the most up to date information with which to reach them.
Here's how it works
uConnect sets up a dedicated Amazon S3 Bucket and access credentials for each school. The school will upload the student list as a CSV file using an S3 client or HTTP PUT commands to the assigned bucket. Once the first file is uploaded, uConnect will review and then enable the auto sync for them. The file needs to be in CSV format, and include the following headers: first_name, last_name, student_id, sso_login_name, email_address, graduation, study_level, program_name.
Note that the student_id and sso_login_name fields are optional. Our team will need to use a unique identifier that matches with an attribute we receive through the SSO integration, so when someone authenticates via SSO we can match it with the users who were preloaded to uConnect through the SIS sync using that identifier.
The unique identifier can be the email_address field. In some cases, email_address is not provided in the attributes we receive via SSO, but only the SSO login name/username, or another unique identifier. When this occurs, we'll need that attribute also available in the SIS sync, under sso_login_name or student_id.
If you already have an SIS integration and would like to ask some follow up questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don't already have an SIS integration and are interested in setting up one, please contact email@example.com.