School Administration Software
Educational administration has evolved from the days of clerical assistants and book-keeping accountants behind desks handling menial transactions. Given the high scale of operations of higher education administration activities as well as large school administration it is now vital for schools and educational institutions to have centralized software to manage their important databases. This frees up time for the administrators to devote to policy making and evaluation rather than poring over details manually. Economically it makes sense too, as a lesser number of clerical staff has to be employed for transactional duties.
So what are the functions a school administration software can provide? First and foremost it can ease the task of setting up and maintaining a centralized student database. This will make the job of updating student records and retrieving registration details by other modules and functions easier. A centralized database will also help for customized reporting where tracking performance and other parameters of students is necessary. To ensure the safety and privacy of the information, and also to protect the integrity of the data, authorization access to this database has to carefully managed. A good school administration software will make sure that the right people have write access to this database, while allowing proper authenticated users to read data from it.
Secondly, an ideal software package will make it safer and easier for teachers and parents alike to retrieve information. There should also be a payment accepting and processing module that validates credit card payments for class registration and fund raising activities. If there is an online tool for payment processing it must have industry standard encryption to protect financial data. Also, it would be better if this module could integrate with the schools own banking software to streamline the bank reconciliation process.
Just as the class registration and payment module eliminates clerical staff from handling payments physically, there should be an email database and auto-responder tool to alleviate communication overheads between school administrators, teachers and parents. Whenever the school wants to raise more money through a donation or fund raising event, or to let the students and parents know of upcoming activities they can register for, the email database will make it easier for the right messages to be sent to the right people. Responses should be automated as well, and should leave a verifiable audit trail for accounting purposes. If required this can be provided to parents so that they can track their payments themselves and not question the school administration’s activities.
An inventory management and procurement module is also beneficial for the school. Ensuring adequate supplies of office and classroom stationery will be more streamlined, and tracking of textbooks assigned to courses will be easier. A textbook purchasing tool for students and parents can integrate with the function of payment processing. Lastly, the software must have extensive customized reporting options for all stakeholders from administrators, teachers, students, accountants to parents.
The benefits provided by a good school administration software can be widespread.