Slatest News: March 2023

Updates & Enhancements

Dispatches from Slate Feedback
Check out the latest from Slate Feedback—our product management team has been actively soliciting your thoughts for new ideas and posting updates about existing and completed features. Here are a few of our favorite updates from the last few weeks:

  • Last Week at Technolutions: February Updates
    Curious about recent updates to Slate? In addition to new feature updates, we're also publishing tweaks and bug fixes via our new periodic posting, "Last Week at Technolutions." Follow our Product Management channel in the Community Forums for info on the latest publishes to Test and Production environments, including the recent updates from February 13February 27.

  • Rules Health Updates
    Rules Health now have their own home! Rules processing times and queues have moved to the right menu and have a new look. This is a great place to start when troubleshooting your rules.

  • Export Separator in Subquery Exports
    You can now use an Export Separator instead of a literal when a Subquery Export has an Output of Concatenate. This simplifies the SQL generated behind the scenes.

Slate Innovation Festival

Registration Update: Spring into Action
Join us at the Slate Summit in Nashville's Music City Center on June 1-2, 2023 with optional pre-conference sessions on the afternoon of May 31. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with colleagues in the Slate community, get a first look at new features, and learn best practices from peer institutions. For more information, check out our Slate Innovation Festival page and register today!

The Festival Pass 2023 provides access to all programming: the in-person Slate Summit, Learning Lab courses, and all Slate Stage webinar recordings. Keep an eye out for the Slate Summit and Slate Stage schedules to be announced in early April.

Hotel rooms in Nashville are filling up fast, so make sure to visit our list of preferred hotels and book your room today.

The More You Know

Virtual Conversations: Slate Spotlight 
Register for today's upcoming Slate Spotlight webinar:

  • Today! Slate Spotlight on Dynamic Content Blocks with Waybetter Marketing – at 1:00 pm ET Dynamic content blocks enable streamlined creation of personalized content within mailings and form communications. Waybetter Marketing will be showing some best-in-class examples of this feature so you can learn how to quickly bring dynamic content blocks online in your instance. 

Visit the Slate Presents portal in Home Slate to watch any of our previous Slate Presents webinars. 

Join Our New User Group
The Slate community is extraordinary in many ways—selfishly sharing ideas and best practices and innovating with other members though online Community Conversations, Community Forums, offline conversations, in-person and virtual user group meet-ups, and more. 

To build on this spirit of collaboration, we're seeking a group of users to assist our team in creating a new model database. This initiative aims to expand the range of out-of-the-box configurations available in every new school's database on day one, such as standard applications, automation, communication templates, fields and prompts, and workflows, just to name a few. 

If you're interested in joining this user group, please complete this short form. We'll be limiting the total group size to 50 individuals (to be split into smaller focused groups), so be sure to submit your form response as soon as possible. We'll be reaching out about participation in April.

Community Conversations
Join Technolutions staff and members of the Slate community for regularly scheduled, discussion-based sessions on specific topics. These calls are available to all, so come learn from the broad knowledge of the Slate community—including the expertise of Technolutions staff and the experiences of your colleagues at other institutions. 

To view the complete schedule, register for all Community Conversations, and submit questions in advance, visit the Community Conversations portal, accessible from your Home Slate or via Database >> Community Conversations. Join us this month for:

  • Thursday, March 16

    • 1:00 pm ET: Advancement: Ask Us Anything!

    • 2:00 pm ET: Getting Started with Student Success

    • 2:00 pm ET: Implementation Conversation: Ask Us Anything

  • Monday, March 20

    • 2:00 pm ET: Welcome to Slate: Getting Started

  • Tuesday, March 21

    • 1:00 pm ET: Using the Workflow Editor

    • 2:00 pm ET: Liquid Markup 101 for Student Success

    • 2:00 pm ET: Community Colleges Unite

    • 2:00 pm ET: Advancement: Ask Us Anything!

  • Wednesday, March 22

    • 2:00 pm ET: Slate Innovation Summit: How to Maximize Your Summit Experience

  • Thursday, March 23

    • 1:00 pm ET: Advancement: Ask Us Anything!

    • 2:00 pm ET: Implementation Conversation: Ask Us Anything

    • 2:00 pm ET: Getting Started with Student Success

  • Monday, March 27

    • 2:00 pm ET: Welcome to Slate: Getting Started

  • Tuesday, March 28

    • 1:00 pm ET: Ask Us Anything: Application & Reader

    • 2:00 pm ET: Customizing Data: Datasets & Student Success (1 of 2)

    • 2:00 pm ET: Advancement: Ask Us Anything!

  • Wednesday, March 29

    • 4:00 pm ET: Configurable Joins: Problem Solving

  • Thursday, March 30

    • 1:00 pm ET: Advancement: Ask Us Anything!

    • 2:00 pm ET: Implementation Conversation: Ask Us Anything

    • 2:00 pm ET: Getting Started with Student Success

Slate on Tour

Get the full #SlateOnTour experience with Technolutions staff at these upcoming conferences. Come say hello—and bring your Slate (and future Slate!) colleagues, too.

  • Drive 2023, Chicago, March 28–29: Swing by the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park to see Shawn and Carlos and learn more about Advancement.

  • 2023 NASPA Annual Conference, Boston, April 1–5: Make sure to visit us at Booth #944 in Exhibit Hall A at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to talk about all things related to Student Success. 

  • AACC Annual, Denver, April 1–4: We'll be venturing to the Mile High City. If you're in the area, stop by the Denver Convention Center.

  • PCACAC, Cambridge, MD, April 2–4: We'd love to see you at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina to chat about all things Slate.

  • NAGAP 2023 Summit, New York City, April 12–15: Drop by the Marriott Marquis and say hi! 


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