New features in Quercus 8.1<>

Performance at-a-glance

New in 8.1

The Control Centre’s interface has changed to make it easier to process the submissions received from the various online services such as Apply Online and Confirm Place. When you choose the Interactions option and select a service you are taken to a chart that shows a breakdown of the submissions received through the service, broken down by status.

We’ve also re-organised the Control Centre tabs. We removed the Home tab and moved its charting function to Interactions tab (see below). We’ve renamed ‘APPLICATIONS’ to ‘INTERACTIONS’ as the data accessible through this tab derives from a range of online services – not just from online applications.

In addition, on the SET-UP tab, we’ve replaced text links by distinctive new icons to make it easier to locate services.

Click on charts to see the underlying data

We’ve also made some significant changes to the way data is presented when you are viewing online submissions on the INTERACTIONS (formerly the APPLICATIONS) tab. Now, instead of seeing a multi-option filter, you are first asked to pick a service.

Once you choose the service you are presented with an chart showing a summary of all the interactions associated with the service broken down by status. If you click on a particular status category you are immediately taken to a list of submissions with the status in question.

Drill-down to the information you need

You can use the filter option to drill down from the big-picture overview into the data for individual courses or course instances.

Focus on areas of interest

You can also filter by a range of criteria: allowing you an instant overview of how online submissions are being processed in any part of the college. Check the ‘More Options’ box to see the full range of filters.

Video demonstration

The following video shows the new features in the 8.1 version of Control Centre:

Why have we done this?

Submissions with a particular status are often processed together in batches by specific individuals in specific offices. For example, submissions awaiting reference checks may be processed within the Admissions department, submissions awaiting payment within the Finance department, new submissions within the relevant department or faculty office. The new graphical presentation of data makes it easy for an office to get an immediate sense of how much work is outstanding — valuable for work-allocation and scheduling purposes. The filtering mechanisms also make it easy to see how different areas are keeping up with demand: ensuring that you can quickly allocate resources where they are most needed.