To help our students access and retain the details of their new OpenCCC account, a system auto-generated confirmation email is now sent for every new OpenCCC account created. Delivered to the email address provided during account creation, the confirmation includes the student's first and last name, the CCCID (California Community Colleges Identification), and links to Support and the Help Desk. Also included in the email:
CCCID Confirmation: The user's unique seven-digit CCCID (three letters + four numbers);
Apply to College: A reminder that the creation of the OpenCCC account is not equivalent to applying to college, and provides a hyperlink to CCCApply.org where the student can apply to the college of their choice if they haven't done so already.
Self-Service Account Recovery: Information and a hyperlink to the OpenCCC.net website for Account Recovery;
Need Help? Information and a hyperlink to the online student support site, CCCHelp.info, to access 24/7, online support information.
New EncryptedText Supplemental Question Type (Secure, Downloadable)
A new, secure EncryptedText supplemental question type was developed to give colleges the ability to collect passwords and other sensitive data via supplemental question. Data collected would be encrypted during transit and at rest. Technical specifications:
Leverages the same encryption scheme used for Social Security Numbers;
May be used as a temporary password field (student input) with a second password confirmation field, similar to the Social Security Number fields;
Data would be encrypted during transit and at rest;
Ability to use a regular expression and accept a validation;
Encrypted text is decrypted just prior to download and sent to Download Client over an SSL encrypted channel;
The value will be written to the colleges download file in plain text.
A fix was made to the Download client which was defaulting to print empty strings for boolean formats with null values. This issue was identified after a recent release as a change in behavior from previous versions and was creating issues for some colleges. Though there is a workaround in place where the value can be set to nullValue="<false value>" attribute in the format file; this release will fix the issue and revert back to the old behavior.
Boolean Formats with nullValue
The following was added to the Boolean Formatter information in the Download Client User Guide: "If the nullValue attribute is not defined, then any fields with null values will default to display the falseValue attribute in your download data."
Fix to Rules
Rules Based on Residency Calculations
A change was made to the way Error Rules based on Residency Calculations are run in the Standard Application. We found that colleges were unable to get a rule based on the Ineligibility flag - which is calculated by the Residency Calculation - to trigger; however, they were able to trigger an email message to successfully send based on the same logic. Development researched this issue and confirmed that the Residency Calculation was being run during the submission process after the college rules were run. To fix the issue we will now run the college submission rules after all other logic calculations are completed, ensuring the college rules are triggered in time to validate against accurate, residency-based data. Note: This issue does not pertain to the BOG or International Application rules as these applications do not include residency algorithm.
508 Compliance Updates
Accessibility fixes and enhancements will continue to be the focus of the next several development sprints (between June 1 and September 1, 2015). OpenCCCApply is dedicated towards addressing the requirements of the State Auditor for 508 Compliance. The updates below were released on May 29, 2015.
Update List of Keyboard Shortcuts Available in Applicable Browser and OS/Browser Support