Live from Scottsdale, the Parchment Top 10

We all loved David Letterman’s Top 10 lists right? From the wacky to the wonderful, Letterman had a way to help us understand the importance of many current events. Today, Parchment introduces its very own Top 10: The Top 10 Reasons to You Should Attend the 2016 Parchment Exchange User Conference.  We can’t ask Paul Shaffer for a drumroll so without further delay, the Parchment Top 10:

  1. The Power of the Exchange: Time after time, attendees tell us that the most valuable takeaway from attending is the opportunity to network and have real conversations with their peers.
  1. Parchment Summit: Join us a day early for the first event bringing together leaders and practitioners in higher education, philanthropy and technology to discuss innovating academic credentials. (Separate registration required: Register now!)
  1. Get the Playbook: Learn directly from your peers how to execute your goals! This year’s sessions include a look at Loma Linda University’s Experiential Transcript … an idea they put into place after attending the 2014 conference.
  1. See the Future: Parchment Product Managers will present prototype software and conduct focus group sessions to capture your feedback. Help Parchment build the best product for you!
  1. Session Roulette: With four unique session tracks, there’s a wide variety of programming to choose from. See the full agenda.
  1. Long Lasting Connections: Meet the person on the other side of the exchange. Compare notes on how to help each other and make the coming year the most successful yet.
  1. Get Trained: Parchment’s K12 trainer will be at your service to get every question answered. (Free, optional pre­conference activity: RSVP here)
  1. Mix­n­Mingle: Enjoy a stylish night out in Washington D.C. at our annual Member Appreciation evening event.
  1. Combat Hunger: Create Opportunities Give back to the community and join the Morning Meal Prep volunteer activity at D.C. Central Kitchen (Optional pre­conference activity: RSVP here)

And the No. 1 reason to attend the 2016 Parchment Exchange User Conference…

  1. Explore the Nation’s Capital: The Renaissance Washington DC DuPont hotel is centrally located and the perfect launch pad to explore all of the activities DC has to offer. Extend your stay at the preferred conference rate to explore DC before or after the conference.

Don’t delay and register now. Early bird pricing ends December 31, 2015.

2016 Parchment User Conference: The Ultimate Agenda

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The Fourth Annual Parchment User Conference is just ten weeks away and while you’re planning your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions, be sure “Enhance Parchment Skills” is on your list. With peer-led sessions, Parchment member schools will be bringing community to the network at the annual conference.

The conference, rich with member content will feature the following sessions:

  • Campus Collaboration: A Peoplesoft Integration Story. Salisbury University
  • Send & Receive Exchange Panel. Shippensburg Area High School; Temple University; Virginia Department of Education; Powhatan County
  • Low Budget Development of a High-Powered Experience Transcript. Loma Linda University
  • Transcript Outsourcing: Reallocated Labor and Improved Student Experience in Enrollment Services. Boston University
  • From 0 to 60: The Fast Track to Counseling Success. Frederick Douglass High School
  • How ASU Receives 220K Transcripts Without Breaking a Sweat. Arizona State University
  • The Visual Transcript: The Next Evolution of eCredentials. Elon University
  • Parchment Implementation CSM Style: Ellucian APIs. College of Southern Maryland
  • Parchment Breaking Barriers. City High Middle School
  • Admission G.H.O.S.T.s. Touro College
  • Extending the Transcript for Competency Based Education. University of Maryland University College

In addition to member sessions, Parchment will offer training sessions and insights into the Parchment product road map. The 2016 User Conference will be held Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19 in Washington D.C. Early bird registration is $50 through December 31, 2015.

To learn more or register today, visit 2016 Parchment Exchange User Conference

Two Can’t Miss Speakers at Parchment Summit

The inaugural Parchment summit, a day-long conversation focused on innovating academic credentials, will showcase two industry giants in the field of education and credentials, respectively. Set in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Arthur Levine, President of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Anthony Carnevale, research Professor and Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce will provide inspiring keynote commentary.

These industry influencers will help to spark discussion intended to foster collaboration around a rethink of credentialing. Levine and Carnevale have each authored numerous books and research including:

Academic credentials today share limited information about what graduates know and are able to do.  Parchment and Connecting Credentials National Dialogue – an initiative supported by Lumina Foundation – will bring together a cross-section of leaders and practitioners from higher education, philanthropy and technology for the Parchment Summit. In addition to Levine and Carnevale keynotes, the Summit will also feature panel discussions and workshops.

Join the credential conversation and register for the free Parchment Summit today.

 

Parchment Summit: A Conversation on Innovating Credentials

Today, academic credentials share limited information about what graduates know and are able to do.  Parchment and Connecting Credentials National Dialogue – an initiative supported by Lumina Foundation – will bring together a cross-section of leaders and practitioners from higher education, philanthropy and technology for the Parchment Summit, a day-long conversation about innovating academic credentials.

The Summit will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Washington D.C. and discussions will foster collaboration between technologists and practitioners and between higher education leaders and employers.  A series of keynotes, panels and workshops will include:

  • Keynote Speakers
  • Panel Discussions
    • The Changing Paradigm of Higher Education’s Role in Career Formation
    • The Credential Ecosystem: Making Sense of Badges, Certificates, Diplomas, ePortfolios
    • The New Language of Credentials – Unbundling and Stacking
    • Ensuring Interoperability and Usability
  • Workshops
    • Innovations in the Transcript
    • Credentials as Labor Market Signals
    • Partnership between university and technology partners

Join the credential conversation and register for the free Parchment Summit  today.

Help Supercharge the Parchment Community

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The Parchment member network is nothing without you. You and your peers bring community to the network of schools that rely on Parchment to safely and securely exchange academic credentials. The Parchment member community will gather February 18-19 in Washington DC for the Fourth Annual Parchment Exchange User Conference. Will you be there?

The Parchment Exchange User Conference is comprised of member-led sessions around topics related to credential exchange. Sessions will focus on:

  • Best Practices. Tips and tricks to save you time, energy and headaches.
  • New and Emerging Trends. Did you know that the State of Indiana has introduced a state-wide common transcript initiative using XML data?
  • Elon University is innovating their credentials by offering students a visual, experiential transcript.
  • Optimizing the Learner Experience. Learners can request their academic credentials in a variety of ways including on their smartphones.

All Parchment members are invited and encouraged to attend. This can’t-miss conference will have specific tracks with programming for high school senders, higher education senders and higher education receivers. Convening this diverse community of practice leads to rich and meaningful discussions.

Early bird registration is now open. Register by December 31, 2015 to save fifty percent. We look forward to helping you supercharge your Parchment experience next February in Washington D.C.

How to Rock Social Media at Your School

You’re on Facebook, right? What about Twitter? What are your students using? Rita Jensen, Records Coordinator at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, GA will lead a Brown Bag Break (think high school focused webinar) on Wednesday, December 2 at 1 p.m. EST to detail how you can create a social media strategy that’s right for your school.

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The 30-minute webinar will help you to better understand:

  • What social media channels your students are using
  • How you can get your school started
  • What things you can do, say and share on social media

When she’s done, you’ll be on your way to be the social media guru in your school!

Sign up today for Rita’s December 2 webinar!  #SeeYouThere

Parchment Grows Postsecondary Member Network in North Carolina

From high school to college, from one college to another college or from college to the workforce, learners across the United States need to provide their academic credentials to gain access to admission or employment. More than 7,400 high schools, colleges and universities across the country rely on Parchment’s industry leading academic credential management system to aid in the digital exchange of these learner’s credentials.

In North Carolina alone, schools like Elon University and Durham Technical Community College are part of Parchment’s expansive member network that today enables digital credential request and fulfillment to 22 percent of US enrollments in secondary schools and 15 percent of enrollments in postsecondary schools.

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Carolinas College of Health Sciences is currently working to implement Parchment to join its rich member network. A top-ranked two-year college located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Carolinas College of Health Sciences will be able to offer current student and alumni immediate access to request the digital exchange of their credentials to any other college, university or professional organization in the world.

The college selected Parchment’s services based on the size of Parchment’s member network, ease of implementation and Parchment’s proven track record of helping to improve student services.

Parchment has worked with schools and learners for more than 10 years to make the process of requesting and sending credentials faster, easier and more secure than ever before. This summer, the company facilitated the exchange of its 20 millionth credential request. Digitizing credentials helps to streamline operations for both the sending and receiving institutions, and enables receiving colleges and universities to use the data to optimize course placement, transfer articulation and reverse transfer.

A NACAC Report from Rockstar Counselor Winner Sarah Elaine Hart

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Guest Post by Sarah Elaine Hart

A week after my first NACAC, my head is still spinning. So many amazing sessions and workshops in such a short period of time! After several beautiful days in sunny San Diego, I begrudgingly boarded my flight back to a rainy and cold  East Coast. My luggage was crammed with resources for my students and my brain was full of ideas.

My mission for NACAC 2015 was to expose myself to new ideas and programs to promote a college-going culture in my city. After attending sessions on a range of topics including comprehensive college counseling programs, supporting undocumented and first-generation college students, and the financial aid process, I can confidentially say: “mission accomplished!”

A highlight of the conference for me was the keynote speech from Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy. If your students and fellow educators do not already use  the free SAT prep and academic tutoring services provided by www.khanacademy.com, I encourage you to share this powerful and accessible resource! Listening to Sal (wistfully wishing I were on a first name basis) I found myself contemplating the ripple effect he is creating in both secondary as well as post-secondary education. What started as a few videos to support a few cousins struggling in math has grown into a robust educational resource accessible to anyone with internet access. Khan’s work is breaking down barriers and closing gaps in access and opportunity around the globe, a powerful ripple effect emanating from a few simple videos posted online.

As I sat reflecting on this ripple effect while surrounded by hundreds of passionate counselors, college advisors, admissions counselors, and financial aid representatives. I found myself pondering how much potential for meaningful advocacy existed in the room. How many thousands of students do each of us have the opportunity to support in our careers? How many schools and universities do we have the opportunity to improve? What kind of ripple effect could even our simplest ideas have on enhancing access to college degrees throughout the country?

Inspired, re-energized, and chock-full of ideas to enhance the college-going culture in my community, I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend NACAC 2015. Much gratitude for Parchment’s support, without which I would not have been able to attend. And much gratitude for the ripple effect Parchment is generating in decreasing barriers to college application completion by streamlining supporting document submission.

Thank you, Parchment Team!

 

Thank You for being an inspiration!  We loved sending Sarah Elaine to NACAC in San Diego and we’d love to send YOU to NACAC 2016 in Columbu,s OH.  Learn more and enter now!

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More Than 200 High Schools Engage in National Student Registration Week

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Last month, Parchment kicked-off the inaugural “National Student Registration Week,” a national movement to get students prepared for their future. The mission for the week was to further aid high school counseling offices as they help students get ahead of college application deadlines by registering for their free account on Parchment.com.

We know that whether students are searching for the right college, applying for an internship or interviewing for a job, sharing a copy of their high school transcript will be part of the process. Students who register on Parchment.com will have quick and easy access to make their digital transcript requests.

During the week of October 19, 230 schools, spanning 30 states, participated in the First Annual Parchment National Student Registration Week. These schools hosted a variety of events from registration stations in libraries and computer labs to one-on-one counselor and student meetings. After student’s completed their Parchment registration, they were celebrated with a luck “I Registered” sticker.

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The schools that participated enroll more than 38,000 students who, after registering, are now able to research and explore colleges and build their college lists using Parchment’s free admissions tools.

A special thank you to the schools that participated this year, it’s really exciting to see how you’re helping #EveryStudent prepare for their future.

Receive Newsletter: October 2015

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Welcome to the October newsletter for all of Parchment’s Admissions officers and other receivers.  It’s application season, and we’re here to help you get your Parchment receive system in tip-top shape. Check out the newsletter for four easy things you can do to make sure you’re ready!  Also check out the new Communication toolkit to help you talk to applicants and feeder schools about sending admissions documents electronically.

Don’t miss this month’s featured member, Charles Musgrove of Temple University.  His work integrating Parchment into Banner Data Management System (BDMS) reduced a 12 week backlog and is saving their staff a ton of time and money.  Learn more about how he did it, and how a few simple scripts can start saving you hours of manual work.

There’s a lot more to enjoy, so take a few minutes and check out the newsletter today!

Let us know in the comments or by emailing feedback@parchment.com if you have suggestions to make these newsletters better.

Learn, Share and Connect with Peers: Join the Parchment Online Community Today!

Earlier this year, Parchment introduced an online community, Collaborate, bringing together the robust network of Parchment users for community discussions.  Whether soliciting feedback on visual transcripts or how to motivate students, Parchment member institutions rely on this community to collaborate and innovate.

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How it Works

Community Forum: A great place to ask questions and share information, similar to message boards open to the public.

Challenges:  Short challenges cover a spectrum of topics. Each challenge you complete adds to your point total.

Direct to Member Messaging: Did a particular comment pique your interest? Send a private message to a peer from within the community.

Rewards: Redeem points for rewards. Earn a basket of appreciation or the opportunity to be a guest blogger.

Participation in the Collaborate Community is voluntary. Once you introduce yourself and start completing challenges, we know you’ll come back for more. Think you’re ready to join? Sign up today!

 

Receivers: It’s about time

Howdy Admissions officers! A new feature was rolled out a few days ago that we hope you will like! When you click that “Process” button, in the past there was no telling how long that would take. Should you get a cup of coffee? Or if your download file is larger, maybe lunch is a better plan.

We wanted to give you a little more information on how long it should take to process and download your documents. Now every time you process, we’ll calculate how long it took to process similarly sized files at the same time and give you an estimate of how long it should take to complete your download.

Step 1: Click “Process”

Step 2: Parchment calculates approximately how long your download will take

Step 3: The prepared file is in “Ready to Download”

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We hope this new feature will help you as you’re in the busy admissions season. Please let us know what comments you have below, or by emailing feedback@parchment.com

Every Day Heroes for #EveryStudent at NACAC 2015

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The work you do every day makes real differences for the students you work with. You’re a real hero for these students!

At NACAC 2015, we wanted to get high school counselors and admissions officers out from underneath their every day disguises to reveal their true super hero selves. You are an Every Day Hero for #EveryStudent. Check out all of the Hero pictures!

Thank you to every one who stopped by our booth this year. We had a bunch of fun talking to you … and convincing you to pose with our fun super hero masks and capes.

For those of you who weren’t able to stop by, here are what many of our visitors were asking about:

“Are Parchment and Naviance the same thing?”

Nope. Parchment used to power Naviance eDocs, but that relationship ended last summer and now eDocs is running on their own steam. Many schools prefer to use Parchment alongside (or independent of) Naviance to handle all of their admissions documents. Sending documents to receivers worldwide (eg NCAA and CommonApp) is the only thing we do, and so we are the experts in the field. Schools appreciate the power we give students and parents to place and track their orders online. We also support all of your alumni, and can even automate those requests so they can be fulfilled without spending your staff time! Best of all, Parchment doesn’t have expensive licensing fees and year round training is always free.

“How can we receive electronically?”

This was a really popular question from all of the admissions officers attending NACAC. We were happy to show them a demo on how Parchment Receive lets them get notified of electronic transcripts, route them to either store online or download for printing. Admissions offices can also choose to automatically import the student information (which Parchment will provide as machine-readable data) along with the high-res PDFs/TIFFs into their imaging system. We’d be happy to give you a demo too!

We had a great time at NACAC! If you’re going to an upcoming conference, we’d love to see you! Check our schedule of the upcoming events we’ll be attending.

The Time is Right for a Transfer Student’s Bill of Rights

College students “swirl.” They swirl from one higher education institution to another in pursuit of degree completion. Unfortunately, these swirling students often times come upon roadblocks when attempting to transfer course credits from one institution to the next.

Matthew Pittinsky, Parchment CEO and Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) partnered up with Kent Hopkins, Vice President of Enrollment Management Services at ASU to call for a bill of rights for transfer students.

Pittinsky and Hopkins propose that a Transfer Student’s Bill of Rights would “…guarantee access to degree programs, sequences and prerequisites guiding higher education to do a much better job in serving the nation’s transfer students.”

The authors point out a recent report highlighting 37 percent of all students who began college in 2008 have transferred institutions at some point and state that this should be a “wake up call for Capitol Hill and the White House”.

To learn more from Pittinsky and Hopkins, read “Underserved and overburdened, transfer students face an uphill battle to earn their degrees”.

State Initiative Increases Opportunities for College-Bound Students

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Parchment and the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) joined forces in 2008 to empower students to achieve success after high school.  Since the relationship began with SCDE seven years ago, Parchment has delivered more than 354,000 academic credentials on behalf of South Carolina students!

Today, the SCDE and Parchment have renewed their commitment to empowering students and taken it one step further. Through a new state initiative, current students are able to digitally send their high school credentials to schools beyond the South Carolina border. The previous initiative was limited to colleges and universities within South Carolina.

South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman is thrilled, explaining that a streamlined admissions process is paramount to the success of students. Spearman also notes that this initiative eliminates the cost to students to send digital credentials.

Students in South Carolina can now send their high school transcripts digitally to more than 3,400 higher education institutions, organizations and accreditation groups throughout the United States within the Parchment Member Network.

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