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Building Blackboard, Part 1: Six Lessons I Learned Creating a Tech Company in the Higher Education Market

Time flies. It is the 20th anniversary of Blackboard’s founding in June 1997 and the Educom NLII Instructional Management Systems (IMS) retreat two months earlier. To mark the event, I recently gave a talk to the Arizona EdTech community on lessons for today’s education technology entrepreneurs, drawing on my experience co-founding and scaling Blackboard. Here … Keep Reading

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Turning Credentials Into Opportunities: A Vision for Parchment

To our school and university members, employees and partners, Parchment’s mission is to help turn credentials into opportunities, and we take this mission seriously. More than a slogan, it’s why most of us at Parchment joined the company and why so many schools, colleges and universities are members of the Parchment network.   We include … Keep Reading

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Parchment is Now Taking Advance Credential Orders for ITT students

At the center of  the closing of ITT Educational Services, Inc are the students and alumni who were pursuing their postsecondary education and now face the challenge of earning their degree  elsewhere.  Will other colleges accept their ITT credits?  When will they gain access to their transcripts to begin the process of transfer?  In many … Keep Reading

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Why Students, Employers and Schools Need to Move Faster To Make Stackable Credentials Available to All

While there’s no disputing the value of a college degree when it comes to earning potential, nearly three-quarters of grads end up working in a field that’s unrelated to what they studied in school. Liberty Street Economics made that forecast after studying Census Data from 2010.1 Academics have spent the years since discussing ways to … Keep Reading

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Diploma 2020: How Digital Technology Will Make Your Most Valuable Credential Even More Useful

Surely you remember the day you got your high school diploma? How about the day you graduated from college? The joy of marking these milestones tends to stay with us for decades. And yet for all their intrinsic value — the feelings of accomplishment, the camaraderie of graduating with friends — diplomas also have practical … Keep Reading

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Groningen Declaration: The Future of Digital Student Data Portability

This spring I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Málaga, Spain to represent Parchment and become a signatory of the Groningen Declaration. This international document seeks common ground to best serve both the academic and professional mobility needs of learners around the world by bringing together key stakeholders in the Digital Student Data Ecosystem. … Keep Reading

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