Using Finalsite’s Content Management System (CMS) together with Finalsite’s SchoolAdmin Enrollment Management System (EMS) provides the optimal experience for parents and school administrators alike. This combination gives you the tools to streamline communications and nurture leads in a more dynamic way. In this article, you'll learn the benefits and important points to consider when managing communications across both the CMS and EMS platforms.
Terms used in this article
You will see the following terms used to refer to Finalsite’s two systems:
CMS (Content Management System) refers to Finalsite’s website, marketing, and communication tools (which includes Forms, Composer, Messages, and Automated Email Workflows).
EMS (Enrollment Management System) refers to Finalsite’s admissions and enrollment platform (also referred to as SchoolAdmin).
Use forms in CMS to collect contact information from prospects to add the contact to a workflow and market to prospective families, encouraging them to inquire or apply. For example, a shorter form on an advertising landing page.
Use forms in your EMS for admissions- and enrollment-related items.
The EMS inquiry form should be embedded on your CMS site for easy access and to create an Inquiry record in your EMS system.
Place a link to your EMS application form on your CMS site with a call to action.
Questions to consider
Do you need to collect a fee upon form submission? Fee collection is not available in your EMS until after the applicant phase. All fee collection prior to the student becoming an applicant will need to take place in your CMS site.
Does the collected information tie to a contract fee, or trigger an Admissions/Enrollment Checklist item or internal reminder? If so, this form should be hosted in your EMS.
Who needs access to the collected data? Are they an admin, user, or reviewer in the intended platform? Each platform has a unique set of users. While all admissions and enrollment forms should be collected in EMS and visible to all of your admissions and enrollment staff, you may need other information collected for a different audience. For example, a coach or teacher may like to collect T-shirt orders with a sporting event form. The coach is likely not an EMS user, and this is not related to admissions or enrollment. In that case, the form should be hosted in your CMS.
What stage in the admissions cycle will the parent/student be presented with this form? Prospects do not have access to complete forms outside of the inquiry form itself in the EMS platform.
Key features and benefits of CMS and EMS
|Prospect form(s)||YES||Forms in your EMS are only available from Inquiry > Enrollment.|
(Inquiry Form only)
|Custom appointment forms||YES||YES|
|Inquiry, Application and Enrollment contract/forms||YES|
|Ad-hoc admissions and enrollment forms||YES|
|Event registration hosted on forms||YES||YES||EMS forms are intended for admissions and enrollment events only. CMS forms should be used for community events (if needed).|
|Teacher recommendation forms||YES
|Document request forms||YES
(Applicant > Enrollment only)
|Internal-facing forms||YES||For example, Interview Notes Form|
Setup and customization
|Customizable field display||YES||YES||CMS refers to this as conditional fields, while EMS refers to this feature as dynamic forms|
(Applicant > Enrollment only)
|Default field values||YES||YES||Single, Multiple Choice, and Dropdown fields|
(Name, Email, and Short Answer fields. Only with portal login.)
(Applicant > Enrollment)
|Add file attachments to CMS||YES|
|Conditional notifications/Automated Communication Plans||YES||YES|