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Changes in Student Search Window

I understand that there have been some recent changes to them main student search window that has expanded the way Aeries uses search statements. Was wondering if you have any best search practices for the changes. Ways to tailor student searches to narrow the number of results returned and make them more accurate. 



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I have found that the new search favors the first name which for me is frustrating because our staff usually search by last name.  I can no longer type in part of a last name and get good results.  It seems that I must type in the entire or major part of a last name to have it get pulled at all.  I assume that many users were consulted as to whether this change was a good idea, but I foresee that I will have to field many calls coming from our school sites because they will have difficulty finding students.  I'm not a fan of this change.


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