Get Started with SSP

Get Started with Student Success Plan

First, you will want to take inventory of your institution’s student support process and determine how some or all can be implemented within the SSP software. You may need to evaluate your institution’s goals for SSP against SSP’s features. Read about SSP’s feature set here. Also, be sure to check out reasons to implement SSP listed below.

SSP can be implemented two ways. One, your institution’s internal IT staff can handle the implementation, or two, a third-party vendor can be brought in to deploy SSP. One way to help decide which option is best is to review the SSP wiki page for the latest information on installing SSP. The second option may appeal to institutions that are experiencing limited staffing and budget constraints. 

Many open source users depend on support from commercial vendors to supplement support from the community. Visit our partner page to learn more about vendors that implement and support SSP, and will assist you in determining how SSP can be used to promote best practices for student support services.

If you have additional questions, please go to our contact us page for further help.

Getting Started FAQs

  • Where can I find a demonstration of Student Success Plan?

    Click here to watch a webinar on SSP features

  • Where can I learn more about SSP?

    Learn more about SSP here, and on YouTube here.

  • Where can I find all the SSP documentation?

    SSP has extensive documenttaion to help institutions learn on their own. Find all the documentation in the SSP Wiki.

  • Where is the User Guide?

    SSP has excellent documentation. Access the User Guides here.

  • How do I download the open source software?

    You can access the code at this link.

  • Where can I find out more information about the Apereo community?

    Learn more about the Apereo Foundation here.

  • If I commit to SSP Open Source, how do I know the community will continue to be active?

    See the news release at this link.

  • My IT resources are already stretched too thin, how could they possibly take on an open source project?

    SSP has established relationships with third-party vendors who offer installation and implementation services. For example, look here.

Advantages of Open Source Software

Building solutions on open source allows for quality, cost effective systems that return control of IT to the CIO and give institutions a variety of choices. Open source solutions are flexible, and can be scaled or modified to meet changing requirements to fit institutional needs. The solutions are backed by communities of support, which grant institutions the ability to collaborate and innovate directly with other users in the continued development of the solutions.

  • Open source allows you to implement and modify the software at your college’s discretion.
  • Open source software frees you from vendor lock in.
  • Open source software development is completely under your control and can call upon the development efforts of an ever-growing number of SSP adopting institutions.
  • Open source has a zero-cost annual licensing fee. This doesn’t mean that open-source is absolutely free. It is closer to the “free like a puppy” concept. The rewards of the software will be greatly influenced by the degree to which you commit resources for implementation and training.