SPOL Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

SPOL

Institutional effectiveness solution for higher education

5.0/5 (4 reviews)

SPOL overview

What is SPOL?

SPOL is a cloud-based strategic management software for higher education institutions which encompasses planning, budgeting, accreditation, credentialing, and assessment. The platform provides colleges and universities with a collaborative framework and real-time data for informed decision making, high-level analysis, and to foster continuous improvement across the institution.

SPOL’s accreditation solution is designed to enable efficient self-study and streamline documentation. Shared repositories, templates, customizable toolsets, and progress reports empower compliance with both regional and specialized standards of accreditation. The credentialing tools allow users to document, manage, and verify faculty credentials. Credentials can also be mapped to courses and disciplines for course alignment and learning optimization, and users can create discipline-specific workflows for credential verification and approval.

SPOL helps schools streamline the alignment of resources, allocation of available funds, and establishment of goals. Users can evaluate department requirements, forecast finances, plan for expenses, and align strategic plans with budgets. The assessment platform offers staff a customizable interface enabling collaboration on expected outcomes for programs or students. With the reporting toolset, users can assess institutional and program effectiveness.
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Dorothy Echols Tobe

Happy SPOL User

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-05-29
Review Source: Capterra

We have been using planning software for the last 15 years. Since purchasing SPOL, we found that it provides a platform that is easy for our users to navigate. Usually after one training session they are able to go back in and pick-up where they left off. The budgeting module was instrumental in aligning our planning and budgeting process and was used for the first time this year to request and review strategic requests. It was wonderful to see the budget request aligned with the outcomes, tasks, and metrics. The credentialing module allowed our faculty to input prior educational and professional experience in one place with the ability for them to update as information changed and for us to pull reports. Customer service is outstanding. The techs are responsive, knowledgeable and very approachable. They know their stuff.

Pros
I have been using this software for 2 years and am very happy with it. The features I like the most include ease of use, easy to navigate, intuitive. We have all five modules, and are using planning, budget, assessment, and credentialing. I appreciate the ability to change labels to suit our particular institution and the ease of uploading large files of information. We have utilized custom reports for some of our needs that were not a part of the reports directory. I also like that as an administrator, I can impersonate someone to see what they are seeing. It has been very helpful for training.

Cons
With so many great features, there are few things I don't like about the software. While it is easy to change labels, when the reports print out, the old label is still there. The other thing I don't like is the document inventory which enables others to see documents placed in the repository who are not in your unit.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Maribeth Payne

Outstanding Software

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-05-24
Review Source: Capterra

Outstanding.

Pros
Flexible, reliable and helps our institution stay focused on our strategic priorities.

Cons
Need to be able to customize reports. It’s getting better all the time. SPOL Comany is really tuned into the needs of the user. They are continually upgrading SPOL to provide greater functionality based on user feedback. Awesome company!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anita Allman

Customer Service is Key

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-02-28
Review Source: Capterra

We are impressed with the level of personal attention we received from SPOL’s customer service team when recently we had some issues with uploading information. Our representative promptly and effectively resolved the issues with clear, thorough instructions, helpful advice and patience during the process. His solutions helped us resolve some previous errors and offered assistance in helping to avoid future mistakes. We have confidence in our continuing relationship with SPOL customer service and the support they provide for our long-range planning efforts.

Pros
Being able to upload existing spreadsheet information to help avoid time consuming manual entry. Also being able to export and correct data.

Cons
Navigating to the correct location. Perhaps a brief description tool tip would help when you hover over titles.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Kristin Sherman

One Year Experience

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-05-28
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The best features I have found in SPOL is the approval process that we use for our Action Plans in the Planning module. The other great feature about SPOL is how it ties everything that an institution is doing together to assist with the Accreditation visits.

Cons
Jefferson College has been working with Assessment for a while and the new Assessment module is an improvement over the previous, however it did offer the secondary assessment feature that our committee was interested in.

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SPOL pricing

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SPOL features

Activity Dashboard
Progress Reports

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Automatic Notifications (128 other apps)
Blended Learning (110 other apps)
Calendar Management (107 other apps)
Communication Management (149 other apps)
Content Management (122 other apps)
Course Authoring (143 other apps)
Customizable Branding (122 other apps)
Data Import/Export (119 other apps)
Learning Management (217 other apps)
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Self Service Portal (109 other apps)
Third Party Integration (145 other apps)

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Additional information for SPOL

Key features of SPOL

  • Accreditation management
  • Budgeting
  • Collaboration
  • Cost-benefit analyses
  • Credentialing
  • Customizable interface
  • Customizable processes
  • Data aggregation
  • Discipline-specific workflows
  • Planning tools
  • Program assessment
  • Progress reports
  • Real-time data
  • Report generation
  • Resource allocation
  • Self-study documentation
  • Shared repositories
  • Strategic planning
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Benefits

• SPOL framework is designed to promote collaboration across planning, assessment, accreditation, credentialing, and budgeting to facilitate informed decision-making and high-level analysis at all levels of the institution.

• SPOL’s accreditation platform enables compliance with both regional and specialized standards of accreditation, and aims to streamline documentation through templates and previous evidence.

• Key program and student data is collected, aggregated, and documented in a single location, and institutional and program effectiveness can be analyzed with in-depth reporting.

• SPOL’s planning tools allow users to link resource allocations to cost-benefit analyses and financial plans.

• Faculty credentials can be mapped to academic courses and disciplines to align course offerings and optimize learning, and all credentials can be tracked, updated, and verified through a central repository.