Ellucian Quercus

Quercus is a comprehensive SaaS student information system, specifically designed for the HE sector that delivers a full range of functions to manage the student lifecycle from admissions to graduation.


  • Intuitive registration tools
  • Designed specifically for HE
  • Integrated attendance tracking tool
  • Mobile access for students, faculty and staff
  • Single page access to critical student information
  • Real-time visibility and advanced reporting
  • Modern architecture
  • Ability to be integrated with 3rd party systems
  • Comprehensive regulatory reporting capability
  • Consistency of information across the institution


  • Deliver the academic experiences your students want
  • Improved engagement with students
  • Help faculty and advisors manage courses
  • Helps to automate and streamline operations
  • Better collaboration between academics and professional services
  • Supports better decision making processes
  • Supports introduction of new student processing efficiences
  • Improve accuracy and quality of UCAS data for student registration
  • Access to a wide range of data for different teams
  • Provides a holistic view of the full student journey

Service scope

Service scope
Software add-on or extension No
Cloud deployment model Public cloud
Service constraints N/A
System requirements Latest browers installed

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times P 1 - Critical (user is prevented from performing critical data processing) - 1 hour or less
P2 - High ( user is significantly hindered in ability to perform data processing) - 4 hours or less
P3 - Medium (users has significant delay in ability to perform data processing) - 1 business day or less
P4 - Low (user is not significantly prevented from data processing) - 3 business days or less.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility None or don’t know
Phone support Yes
Phone support availability 9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support No
Onsite support Yes, at extra cost
Support levels Our customer support website, available 24/7, is where customers can access a variety of information, including product news, case updates, bug reports, and enhancement requests. Customers can also take advantage of our Knowledge Base, a searchable database of resolved support cases. Ellucian can provide answers to the many routine daily questions your users have via the Ellucian Action Line.
Action Line is a telephone support system for users, allowing them to speak with an Ellucian consultant on functional or technical issues. Users may also report apparent product defects using the Action Line. Action Line uses an automated answering system to receive and record initial Action Line calls. The answering system allows Action Line staff to be prepared before returning calls.
Action Line staff can classify, prioritise, record basic details, conduct research, and assign the most appropriate consultant for resolution of your question.
There is no additional cost to provide this service.
Support available to third parties No

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started The Rapid Deployment Delivery Approach is Ellucian’s cloud based methodology for implementing Quercus projects. The sole objective is to get the Quercus system live as quickly as you require, without sacrificing quality.
The methodology allows the project to run in sprints, thus allowing you flexibility on where you start within the core modules.
Ellucian will pre-configure the product ahead of each phase and the phases of Discovery, Configure, Educate and Test and Deploy are reused through each phase of the implementation.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
  • Other
Other documentation formats
  • MS Word
  • MS Excel
End-of-contract data extraction Data may be copied out using AWS API tools to download data.
End-of-contract process If at any time you decide to make a commercial decision to cease your use of the solution, you would have recourse to extract your data for your own future use within a mutually agreed timeframe.

These terms can be included in the commercial agreement governing your use of our solution.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari 9+
Application to install No
Designed for use on mobile devices Yes
Differences between the mobile and desktop service The entire interface is accessed through a Web browser.

Ellucian develops new modules with a ‘mobile first' strategy. This means that the responsive design is applied to automatically adapt the page layout to the size of the screen of the rendering device. The page layout is natively built and tested for small screens and can scale up on larger screens.

Functions are ‘point and click’ with use of graphics, promoting a visually appealing interface
What users can and can't do using the API Quercus offers a number of approaches to integration with third-party systems. Each is designed to meet the specific demands of particular types of systems.

Quercus Message Link - SOA-based, event-driven on-line integration platform for enterprise corporate systems.

Quercus Live Link - Light interface specifically designed for interactive integration with website and portal technologies (REST/XML).

Quercus Embedded Connectors - Out-of-the-box connectors
API documentation Yes
API documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
API sandbox or test environment No
Customisation available No


Independence of resources Environments, hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) are segregated to prevent customers from accessing resources not assigned to them. Services which provide virtualised operational environments to customers ensure that customers are segregated via security management processes/controls at the network and hypervisor level. Ellucian continuously monitors service usage to project infrastructure needs to support availability commitments/requirements. Ellucian maintains a capacity planning model to assess infrastructure usage and demands at least monthly, and usually more frequently. In addition, the capacity planning model supports the planning of future demands to acquire and implement additional resources based upon current resources and forecasted requirements.


Service usage metrics No


Supplier type Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Conforms to BS7858:2012
Government security clearance Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

Asset protection

Asset protection
Knowledge of data storage and processing locations Yes
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • EU-US Privacy Shield agreement locations
User control over data storage and processing locations No
Datacentre security standards Supplier-defined controls
Penetration testing frequency At least every 6 months
Penetration testing approach Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest
  • Encryption of all physical media
  • Other
Other data at rest protection approach AWS adheres to independently validated privacy, data protection, security protections and control processes. AWS is responsible for the security of the cloud; Ellucian is responsible for security in the cloud. AWS enables Ellucian to control their content (where it will be stored, how it will be secured in transit or at rest, how access to their AWS environment will be managed). Wherever appropriate, AWS offers its customers options to add additional security layers to data at rest, via scalable and efficient encryption features. AWS offers flexible key management options and dedicated hardware-based cryptographic key storage.
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach In-house destruction process

Data importing and exporting

Data importing and exporting
Data export approach Most screens have an option to create a .CSV file, and the embedded reporting capability has a file export capability.
Data export formats CSV
Data import formats CSV

Data-in-transit protection

Data-in-transit protection
Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Bonded fibre optic connections
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)
Data protection within supplier network Other
Other protection within supplier network Environments are logically segregated to prevent users and customers from accessing resources not assigned to them. Ellucian gives customers ownership and control over their content by design through simple, but powerful tools that allow customers to determine how their content will be secured in transit. Ellucian enables customers to open a secure, encrypted channel to AWS services using TLS/SSL, and/or IPsec or TLS VPN (if applicable), or other means of protection the customer wish to use.

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability Please see attached Ellucian Terms and Conditions document.
Approach to resilience AWS Business Continuity plan details the process that AWS follows in the case of an outage, from detection to deactivation. AWS has developed a three-phased approach: Activation and Notification Phase, Recovery Phase, and Reconstitution Phase. This approach ensures that AWS performs system recovery and reconstitution efforts in a methodical sequence, maximizing the effectiveness of the recovery and reconstitution efforts and minimizing system outage time due to errors and omissions. AWS maintains a ubiquitous security control environment across all regions. Each data centre is built to physical, environmental, and security standards in an active-active configuration, employing an n+1 redundancy model, ensuring system availability in the event of component failure. Components (N) have at least one independent backup component. All data centres are online and serving traffic. In case of failure, there is sufficient capacity to enable traffic to be load-balanced to the remaining sites. Ellucian is responsible for implementing contingency planning, training and testing for our systems hosted on AWS. AWS provides Ellucian with the capability to implement a robust continuity plan, including the utilisation of frequent server instance back-ups, data redundancy replication, and the flexibility to place instances and store data within multiple geographic regions across multiple Availability Zones.
Outage reporting Notification of outages is provided in the form of an e-mail alert from Ellucian.

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication needed Yes
User authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels AWS IAM provides user access control to AWS services, APIs and specific resources. Other controls include time, originating IP address, SSL use, and whether users authenticated via MFA devices. API calls to launch/terminate instances, change firewalls, and perform other functions are signed by customers’ Amazon Secret Access Key (either the root AWS Account’s Secret Access Key or the Secret Access key of a user created with AWS IAM).
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication Username or password

Audit information for users

Audit information for users
Access to user activity audit information You control when users can access audit information
How long user audit data is stored for User-defined
Access to supplier activity audit information Users have access to real-time audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

Standards and certifications
ISO/IEC 27001 certification Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001 EY CertifyPoint
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 03/12/18
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover N/A
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification Yes
CSA STAR accreditation date 03/12/2018
CSA STAR certification level Level 2: CSA STAR Attestation
What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover N/A
PCI certification No
Other security certifications No

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security Yes
Security governance certified Yes
Security governance standards ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes Cloud security at AWS is the highest priority. Ellucian benefit from a data centre and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organisations.

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach Changes to AWS services and features follow secure software development practices, including security risk reviews prior to launch. Developer access to production environments is via explicit access system requests, subject to owner review and authorisation. Teams set bespoke change management standards per service, underpinned by standard AWS guidelines. All production environment changes are reviewed, tested and approved. Stages include design, documentation, implementation (including rollback procedures), testing (non-production environment), peer to peer review (business impact/technical rigour/code), final approval by authorised party. Emergency changes follow AWS incident response procedures. Exceptions to change management processes are documented and escalated to AWS management.
Vulnerability management type Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach AWS Security performs vulnerability scans on the host operating system, web applications, and databases in the AWS environment. Approved 3rd party vendors conduct external assessments (minimum frequency: quarterly). Identified vulnerabilities are monitored and evaluated. Countermeasures are designed and implemented to neutralise known/newly identified vulnerabilities. AWS Security monitors newsfeeds/vendor sites for patches and receives customer intelligence via http://aws.amazon.com/security/vulnerability-reporting/. Ellucian is responsible for all scanning, penetration testing, file integrity monitoring and intrusion detection for their instances/ applications. Scans should include customer IP addresses (not AWS endpoints). AWS endpoint testing is part of AWS compliance vulnerability scans
Protective monitoring type Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach AWS deploys (pan-environmental) monitoring devices to collect information on unauthorised intrusion attempts, usage abuse, and network/application bandwidth usage. Devices monitor: • Port scanning attacks • Usage (CPU, processes, disk utilisation, swap rates, software-error generated losses) • Application metrics • Unauthorised connection attempts Near real-time alerts flag potential compromise incidents, based on AWS Service/Security Team- set thresholds.
Incident management type Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach AWS adopts a three-phased approach to manage incidents: 1. Activation and Notification Phase 2. Recovery Phase 3. Reconstitution Phase To ensure the effectiveness of the AWS Incident Management plan, AWS conducts incident response testing, providing excellent coverage for the discovery of defects and failure modes as well as testing the systems for potential customer impact. The Incident Response Test Plan is executed annually, in conjunction with the Incident Response plan. It includes multiple scenarios, potential vectors of attack, the inclusion of the systems integrator in reporting and coordination and varying reporting/detection avenues.

Secure development

Secure development
Approach to secure software development best practice Conforms to a recognised standard, but self-assessed

Public sector networks

Public sector networks
Connection to public sector networks No


Price £4375 per instance per month
Discount for educational organisations No
Free trial available No

Service documents

pdf document: Pricing document pdf document: Skills Framework for the Information Age rate card pdf document: Service definition document pdf document: Terms and conditions pdf document: Modern Slavery statement
Service documents
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