I can't find any notes about who recommended this. Maybe I came up with it myself for a change! Probably not. Anyway, from the Student page in the web app, there's now a "Student ID Search" box for doing quick searches for student IDs without having to go back to the main search page. For some reason I haven't been able to get it to work in any of the demo applications, but I think pretty much everyone has it in their production application at this point. Here's what it looks like in VT:
You can type in any MSIX ID, MIS2000 ID, or State Student ID, and it will give you a list of IDs that begin with what you've typed. Then just click on the one you want and it will take you to that student's page. If you don't see it in your state's web app, ask for a new release. If you still can't find it, let us know.