About Aspen

Aspen SIS is a cloud-based platform for hosting and managing student data. It provides solutions to store data including class schedules, school events, athletic eligibility, student performance and individual health records. 

Aspen SIS’s key features include data access, customized state reporting, master scheduling, health database, robust grade book, digital learning tool, instructional management system, bookstore administration, cafeteria and facility supervision, curriculum control, financial management, higher education, housing management, library management, online calendar, e-payments, parent and student portal and reporting.

Aspen SIS comes with mobile applications for Android and iOS devices.

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Web browser (OS agnostic)

5 Reviews of Aspen

Average User Ratings

Overall

2.80 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

2.5

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

2.5

Functionality

3.0

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November 2017

Simon from Fujitsu Canada

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

November 2017

Aspen is used by dozens of our school districts customers representing over 1,500 schools in PreK-12

We are working with Follett to provide easier access and seamless integration to 3rd party applications in areas outside SIS such as classroom support and collaboration tools.

Pros

Fully enterprise-grade software, Aspen was the only product that could scale to support the 50+ school districts and hundreds of thousands of students we are running on our managed SIS service. It has a broad and deep range of functionality that covers almost every need at the school and school district level, while also providing the local capabilities required to support individual students, teachers, parents, counselors and administrators. The solution is also very flexible, allowing a high degree of customization and personalization straight out of the box. From a technology standpoint, Aspen is based on Microsoft SQL Server and .NET technology with a browser-only UI, so Aspen is built for and fully compliant with a multitude of web and cloud environments. The modularity of the design makes Aspen the easiest product to set up and manage while still allowing for localization, integration, reporting, etc. The other key issue for us was security and data privacy, where we used Aspen combined with AD to enable permissions for data access only on a very strict need-to-know basis as required by federal law. From a company standpoint, with over 600,000 active students to support, stability is very important to us. Follett Software is part of Follett Inc. which is a $4B company with 140 year history dedicated to education, so these guys aren't going anywhere! In the very fragmented education software space, that was very important as we were making a 10+ year commitment.

July 2019

john from cpsd

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Industry: Music

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Functionality

5.0

July 2019

USE AT SCHOOL

Pros

it contains a lot of useful information and is easily accessible

Cons

some functions are not user friendly, takes too much time to find information

May 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

1.0

Value for money

1.0

Customer support

1.0

Functionality

1.0

May 2019

One of the most archaic systems I have used

I cannot believe our district paid money for software as archaic as this. I feel like no user-design experience went into the creation of this thing. Poor programming can be seen everywhere. Multiple clicks and screen reloads are required to submit a simple thing such as attendance, which can take upwards of 10 minutes per class. The bottom line is I would rather keep a paper and pencil gradebook than use this software.

Pros

Ability to email all student from inside the portal.

Cons

* Attendance set up is painful. Say a student is not there, you mark them absent. Click submit. Then they show up. As a teacher you must now mark them present, click submit. Wait for the page to reload. Mark them tardy, click submit. Then to add to that you may only submit 3 changes per reload before the system produces an error. Am I being tortured. * Lets talk about the assignments and gradebook. Naming assignments requires you to create "GB Column Name" which is limited to 10 characters long and must be unique. This is just lazy programming. Why can't we have an unlimited character string. * Most other gradebook software, even the ones that are FREE allow the user to upload grade from a spreadsheet or csv file. Not Aspen Follett. * Do you like to write comments such as marking an assignment that was turned in late, or incomplete, or completed with one-on-one assistance from an aid? You cannot do this by simply clicking a checkbox. You must instead physically type this as a comment after opening each student's individual assignment record and saving and reloading the next screen. *Student experience is almost as bad as the teacher experience. Students must go thru multiple screens of navigation (up to 13 screen reloads) in order to view the assignments and grades for their 8th period class.

May 2020

Tammara from Chicago Public Schools

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Education Management

Time Used: Less than 2 years

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Ease-of-use

1.0

Value for money

1.0

Customer support

1.0

Functionality

1.0

May 2020

Is this a 2-Year Pilot Program?

Pros

I honestly can't think of one and that is really sad.

Cons

This is the most user unfriendly application I've ever had to use as a professional. Simple tasks require a series of clicks and refreshes and a basic task that should be easy, such as creating a printable roster is unbelievable. No one has figured out how to do this after almost two years of use. It's not appealing to look at, the fields to enter assignment information are far too small (limit the user to 8 or 9 characters), and it's just a poor platform. If this were free, it would still be too much money because the amount of time that goes into learning simple tasks that should be no-brainers in 2020 are far to involved. The running rumor is that someone high up in CPS must have a personal or business relationship with an ASPEN Developer.

August 2019

Jason from Chicago Public Schools

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Industry: Education Management

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

1.0

Value for money

1.0

Functionality

2.0

August 2019

Difficult to use

Aspen is overly complicated. My co-workers are generally confused on how to use it, and navigating it is cumbersome. The old systems were far more effecient. Basic functionality and use just is not there.

Pros

The idea of having more information and functionality

Cons

It is extremely hard to use and has many glitches. Even the simple act of finding a student’s schedule requires multiple menus and is very glitchy. For example, the only way to get the complete schedule is to press the back browser several times. When trying to find a student, the search field of the entire school is broken down by 100 or so students. We have over 1,000 students. I have to guess which field the student is in before I am able to search. When I print out student information (profile, schedule, etc.) the print out is not aligned, and looks disorganized.