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
£4244 per instance per month
|Software add-on or extension||No|
|Cloud deployment model||Public cloud|
|System requirements||Latest browers installed|
|Email or online ticketing support||Email or online ticketing|
|Support response times||
Priority Level Incident requests are prioritised based on the nature, severity and time of the request.
Priority 1 (P1) – Emergency / System Down - 1 hour or less
Priority 2 (P2) – High / Major Functionality Issue - 4 hours or less Priority 3 (P3) – Normal / Minor Functionality Issues- 1 business day or less
Priority 4 - Low - 3 business days or less
Applications After Hours Support: Work to resolve incidents of “Priority 1” and “Priority 2” will be performed “After Normal Support Hours” as appropriate.
|User can manage status and priority of support tickets||Yes|
|Online ticketing support accessibility||None or don’t know|
|Phone support availability||9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday|
|Web chat support||No|
|Onsite support||Yes, at extra cost|
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
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.
|Other documentation formats||MS Word|
|End-of-contract data extraction||Data may be copied out using AWS API tools to download data.|
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
|Web browser interface||Yes|
|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
|Accessibility standards||WCAG 2.0 AA or EN 301 549|
As the leading provider of technology Ellucian is committed to ensuring that our solutions are accessible to the largest possible audience.
Ellucian solutions conform to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 level AA. Ellucian development teams are equipped with comprehensive guidelines with respect to accessibility.
Development projects include an accessibility validation phase through an Accessibility Score Card, used to both validate and report the accessibility conformance of each product.
The score card is based on WCAG 2.0 guidelines and ITIC Voluntary Product Accessibility Template.
We also encourage our user community to provide their feedback as early as possible in user interface development phases. This takes the form of regular meetings with development partners and demonstration of prototypes during the different development sprints.
Ellucian uses a variety of methods to test the accessibility of our products. Besides incorporating general accessibility testing as part of the product testing cycle, we also test by doing the following:
• Running accessibility testing tools such as A-prompt and Java Accessibility Helper
• Using only the keyboard to navigate
• Employing different assistive technology (Screen Readers Jaws, Homepage Reader Screen Magnifiers Zoom Text Extra)
• Conducting usability inspections of Web pages and functionality
|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 formats||
|API sandbox or test environment||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 clearance||Conforms to BS7858:2012|
|Government security clearance||Up to Developed Vetting (DV)|
|Knowledge of data storage and processing locations||Yes|
|Data storage and processing 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||
|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||
|Equipment disposal approach||In-house destruction process|
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 protection between buyer and supplier networks||
|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
|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
|User authentication needed||Yes|
|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||2-factor authentication|
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
|ISO/IEC 27001 certification||Yes|
|Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001||EY CertifyPoint|
|ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date||15/12/17|
|What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover||N/A|
|ISO 28000:2007 certification||No|
|CSA STAR certification||Yes|
|CSA STAR accreditation date||15/12/2017|
|CSA STAR certification level||Level 2: CSA STAR Attestation|
|What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover||N/A|
|Other security certifications||No|
|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.|
|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.|
|Approach to secure software development best practice||Conforms to a recognised standard, but self-assessed|
Public sector networks
|Connection to public sector networks||No|
|Price||£4244 per instance per month|
|Discount for educational organisations||No|
|Free trial available||No|
|Pricing document||View uploaded document|
|Skills Framework for the Information Age rate card||View uploaded document|
|Service definition document||View uploaded document|
|Terms and conditions document||View uploaded document|