Just in time for the Olympics, Parchment has taken a major step forward as a global organization. We are excited to announce that Parchment and Digitary have formally combined together to become one organization!
Depending on where in the world you are reading this, you may be learning about Digitary for the first time. Like Parchment, Digitary was founded to help learners make their academic credentials more secure, insightful and actionable, accelerating enrollment and employment opportunities for learners across several countries. Both organizations share a mission to help turn credentials into opportunities.
Digitary developed first in Ireland, and has since expanded to support hundreds of higher education institutions in Australia (MyEquals), Canada (MyCreds/MesCertif), Japan, New Zealand (MyEquals), and the United Kingdom.
By coming together as one organization we advance the opportunity to support a global network, powered by two platforms and brands tailored to their local sectors and committed to open standards. As well, at a time of rapidly changing expectations for how academic credentials communicate learning outcomes, our combined resources can expand and accelerate our innovation investments. Today marks a new day full of opportunities – at a global scale – and we are ready to get to work!
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit https://parchment.digitary.net/
You could think of Dr. George Kuh (Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research) as a founding father of high impact practices (HIPs). One of the world’s leading experts on the educational practice, importance, and implementation of HIPs, Kuhl has been on that bandwagon (so to speak) for well over 10 years.
That’s why we were thrilled to have Kuh as a featured speaker at Parchment Connect Virtual 2021. We believe that we owe it to our learners to ensure that HIPs (intended to enhance the quality of their education) are implemented equitably, systematically, and with fidelity, enabling them to realize significant benefits. This is especially true for students of color, first-generation students, part-time students, and older students.
Setting the Stage
Today, according to Kuh, there are a number of concerns around higher education: high cost, stagnant graduation rates, and academic quality. What’s more, employers are becoming very vocal about their need for applicants to demonstrate learning outcomes like critical thinking, effective communication, collaborative problem solving, time management, adaptability, creativity, and resilience. Kuh also mentioned other desired qualities like generosity, curiosity, empathy, emotional intelligence, egalitarian sensibilities, and intercultural understanding
How do we give employers what they want? Enter high impact practices.
What are HIPs?
HIPs are active learning practices that enable students to master key capabilities, opening the door for career success and earnings. Research shows that HIPs have unusually positive effects, preparing students to reflect upon, integrate, and apply what they know and can do.
The bottom line, Kuh says, is what really matters in college is student engagement. And the level of that engagement is optimized when academic, interpersonal, and extracurricular involvements are mutually reinforcing. To realize the most benefit, students must devote considerable time and effort, becoming invested in the activities and outcomes.
What Are Some Examples of HIPs?
Here are just some examples of educational activities that contribute to students’ cumulative learning:
First-year seminars and experiences that place a strong emphasis on critical inquiry, frequent writing, information literacy, collaborative learning, and other skills that develop students’ intellectual and practical competencies
Common intellectual experiences that have evolved from the idea of “core” curriculum to a set of common gen ed courses or advanced integrative studies
Learning communities to encourage integration of learning across courses and involve “big questions” that matter beyond the classroom
Writing-intensive courses emphasizing writing at all levels across the curriculum, including final-year projects
Collaborative projects/assignments that combine the goals of learning to work and solve problems together and sharpening understanding by listening to the insights of others
Undergrad inquiry and creative activity that provides research experience to students in all disciplines
Diversity/study away/global learning to help students explore cultures, life experiences, and worldviews different from their own
Service/community-based learning consisting of field-based applied learning with partners that help analyze and solve problems in the community
Internships/clinicals/field placements for applied experiential learning in a work setting related to students’ career interests
Capstone courses and projects that require students to integrate and apply what they’ve learned during their college years
ePortfolios that provide a portable, expandable, and updateable vehicle for accumulating and presenting evidence of achievements and accomplishments
Why are HIPs Important?
HIPs cultivate dispositional attributes that are essential for success during and after college, according to Kuh. These interpersonal, intrapersonal, and neuro-cognitive capabilities require applied, hands-on, deep integrative thinking, and increased persistence. They shrink the psychological size of the institution and help foster a sense of belonging, especially for students in historically underserved populations. And multiple HIPs have cumulative, additive effects.
What Are the Key Elements of HIPs?
On many campuses, Kuh says, utilization is unsystematic, to the detriment of student learning. HIPs matter most when done well. They must be intentional, designed and implemented with fidelity. With that in mind, key features of HIPs include:
- Appropriately high expectations
- Substantial time and effort over an extended period
- Substantive interactions with faculty and peers
- Experience with diversity
- Timely, frequent feedback
- Real-world applications that show the relevance of learning
- Competence demonstrated publicly
- Reflection on and integration of learning
How Can You Leverage Interest in HIPs?
To get started, Kuh advises forming faculty and staff interest groups and student focus groups as well as making presentations to educate faculty and student governing groups. Think about what you need to get HIPs to work at your institution. Gather and report on how well-implemented HIPs are working and for whom under what circumstances. Then, you can determine if specific HIPs should be paused or modified. They can also go virtual.
Market HIPs early and often by informing high school teachers and faculty as well as parents and guardians. Feature HIPs in your college catalog, promote at new student orientation and registration, advocate in ongoing embedded orientation, and discuss during every advising contact.
Make it a priority to use intrusive advising to convert opportunity into equity-sensitive participation by more students (first-gen, students of color, part-time students, older students). Guarantee participation by including HIPs as institution and graduation requirements, and feature them in your students’ comprehensive learner record (CLRs)
CLRs: Documenting Evidenced-based HIPs
A comprehensive learner record tells a story that exemplifies learners’ successes and illuminates their interests. The CLR is what your institution needs it to be, starting with who your students are and what they need beyond a traditional transcript. Think of it as an umbrella that reflects a cumulative college experience, including HIPs.
Here’s where Parchment comes in. Contact us to learn more about Parchment Award – CLR Services.
Learn More About HIPs
- “Why High Impact Practices Are So Important to Learners,” George Kuh, Parchment Connect 2021
- “Putting Equity First in Scaling High-Impact Practices,” Jasmine Haywood, Ph.D., Parchment Connect 2021
- “High-Impact Practices: Eight Key Features and Examples,” George Kuh, 2013
- “High -Impact Educational Practices,” George Kuh, 2008, 2017
Parchment and AACRAO Consulting Partner to Help Higher Ed Successfully Deploy CLRs
Consulting for Parchment Award – CLR Services will accelerate an institution’s ability to launch CLRs with a proven implementation framework
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (March 10, 2021) – Today Parchment, the industry leader in academic credentials management, announced a partnership with AACRAO Consulting, a consulting service extension of AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers), to help higher education institutions successfully develop and deploy Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs). This collaboration leverages the expertise of AACRAO Consulting in CLR implementations to help institutions successfully navigate the process of data collection and establishing a learning framework as they use Parchment Award to design, implement, and issue CLRs to their learners.
AACRAO has led the practices and evolution of CLRs since 2015. Their focus on helping learners communicate the breadth of learning experiences in their academic career aligned with Parchment’s vision of how CLRs can be created and adopted by both the creators and receivers of CLRs. Parchment CLR Services allows learners to better tell their story to employers, by giving institutions a set of standardized modules to describe academic background, co-curricular experiences, competencies, and program outcomes. The ability for receiving institutions and employers and other verifiers to understand CLRs is a key part of successfully representing learners and institutional experiences, and by leveraging these modules, institutions can showcase distinct representations of their learners experiences in consistent ways.
“As we’ve worked with institutions to launch CLRs, we have learned how to balance designing a CLR that conveys the many experiences an institution has to offer and a format that employers and students can easily understand,” said Dr. Tom Green, Associate Executive Director, AACRAO. “We are incredibly excited to help our higher education community deploy CLRs through Parchment’s platform.”
AACRAO Consulting will help institutions that deploy CLRs through Parchment CLR Services by providing implementation support throughout the CLR development process, including assisting with:
- Identifying the CLR project scope
- Measuring, capturing, and assessing data and technology
- Defining the learning framework
- Creating communication strategies and plans around the CLR development and issuing processes
- Establishing project milestones and timelines
- Evaluating policies and practices
- Developing long-range plans to expand the capture of learning data
“AACRAO Consulting has extensive knowledge and experience in not only CLRs, but in higher education processes, complexities, and policies,” said Kevin Martin, General Manager of Higher Education, Parchment. “Our partnership will help institutions better serve their learners by efficiently rolling out CLRs through our platform.”
Parchment and AACRAO will be hosting a webinar on March 11, 2021 at 9am PT/11 am CT/12 pm ET that showcases how institutions are implementing CLRs through Parchment CLR Services today. For more information or to register for this event, visit the AACRAO Webinars page.
For more information on Parchment CLR Services, please visit parchment.com/products/CLRServices.
Parchment believes credentials matter in the lifelong journey of a learner. Offering the most comprehensive academic credential management system, Parchment helps learners, academic institutions and employers request, verify and share credentials in simple and secure ways. Our platform has helped millions of learners, 4,740 high schools and districts, 1,690 university registrar offices, 10 state education agencies, and 7,325 receivers (including university admissions offices, background check companies, employers, college application services, OPMs, and certification and licensing boards) exchange more than 100 million transcripts, diplomas, certificates and other credentials globally. Founded in 2003, Parchment is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in California and Illinois. We help turn credentials into opportunities. Follow Parchment on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About AACRAO Consulting
AACRAO Consulting is the consulting service extension of AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers), a highly respected non-profit association with more than 11,000 members representing 2,600 institutions in over 40 countries. AACRAO Consulting provides services to universities and colleges of all sizes, across the US, Canada, and around the world. AACRAO has long been known for our expertise and resources for registrars and admissions professionals and AACRAO Consulting draws from AACRAO’s extensive knowledge base resources to craft proactive, strategic solutions for improving enrollment results, fostering student success, improving institutional operations and services, using enrollment technologies to maximize them, and driving net revenue outcomes that support institutional health.
Parchment Launches First CLR Design-to-Deployment Product to Help Higher Ed Holistically Represent a Learner’s Education
Parchment Award – CLR Services Moves Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs) From Research to Reality
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (March 8, 2021) – Today Parchment, the industry leader in academic credentials management, announced it has launched Parchment Award – CLR Services, the first product that lets higher education institutions design, implement, and issue Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs). Parchment CLR Services allows learners to better tell their story to employers in a secure, verifiable way, by expanding an institution’s ability to share learner growth and capabilities developed in ways that a traditional transcript can’t.
For years, one of the most active conversations about innovation in higher education has been around extending the traditional academic transcript to better convey the learning that happens both inside and outside of the classroom, as well as the skills and competencies developed through learning. Institutions have struggled with the fact that the traditional course and grade format does not have the ability to holistically represent a learner’s education for self-reflection, to allow a learner to tell their own story, or for employers to understand workforce ready skills developed during a learner’s academic career. In 2016, Elon University conducted a survey to employers and graduate school admissions officers to assess their perceptions of a visual transcript that they had launched the year before. 81.7 percent of respondents said that the visual transcript was easy to understand, 78.9 percent indicated that it painted a different picture of the applicant, and 80.9 percent indicated that it differentiated an Elon applicant from other applicants. At a time where the relevance of higher education is being challenged, CLRs can show the true value of the skills a learner attains during their time at an institution.
In the fall of 2019, Parchment launched a CLR Services Charter Member program to build a CLR technology with leaders in higher education who had prioritized improving learner success through innovating a new credential that the institution can stand behind with the same level of integrity as the traditional transcript. The Charter Members represent a diverse set of student populations, and are made up of the following institutions:
- Elon University
- Loma Linda University
- Penn Foster College
- Temple University
- University of Maryland Global Campus
This technology is the core of Parchment’s CLR Services and allows learners to showcase their in and out of classroom learning, co-curricular engagements, skills, and competencies, while leveraging Parchment’s expertise in allowing learners to access, manage, and share their digital credentials.
“Ideally, we wanted our CLR to tell a story that exemplifies our learners’ success, illuminates their interests, and fully reflects their cumulative college experience,” Bhavesh Bambhrolia, University Registrar at Temple University said.
Parchment Award – CLR Services was built to fit the diverse needs of academic institutions in a consistent way, by aligning institutional data into four types of standardized modules:
- Co-curricular records which validate activities, programs, and learning experiences that compliment the learner curriculum
- Experiential records that certify experiences and accomplishments outside the classroom
- Competency records that translate courses and credits into market-relevant skills
- Program data which documents learners progress through their academic curriculum
Parchment CLR Services create beautiful visual transcripts which simplify and contextualize these kinds of data for learners, employers, graduate schools, and other stakeholders.
“Our CLR Services modules offer consistency across institutions so that a learner’s accomplishments can be easily interpreted by receiving employers, institutions, and state agencies,” said Jason Weaver, VP of Product at Parchment. “Our Charter Member program ensured that we were building a product that not only fit a broad set of institutions’ goals, but also would meet the needs of their learners and employers.”
As part of the Parchment Award platform, CLRs can be issued on the same easy-to-use interface as their transcripts, diplomas, digital badges, and other learner credentials. Additionally, Parchment Award lets learners store, view, and share their CLRs in their Parchment Learner Profile as well as order verified copies of their credentials for digital and paper delivery.
“Working with Parchment on CLRs was a natural fit for us,” said Insiya Bream, Assistant Vice President, Data & Systems, University of Maryland Global Campus. “Our students can now see all of their transcripts, diplomas, and CLRs in one place and that student experience is important to us.”
“When students are asked about their academic and co-curricular experiences from a potential employer, CLRs allow them to relay the details of how those experiences transition into skill sets in the workforce,” Dr. Rodney Parks, University Registrar, Assistant Vice President and Assistant Professor, Elon University said. “It is fundamental to helping students tell their story in a way that employers can understand and that they have the ability to be successful. Parchment is helping us do that.”
Parchment and AACRAO are hosting a webinar on March 11, 2021 at 9am PT/11 am CT/12 pm ET that showcases how institutions are implementing CLRs through Parchment CLR Services today. For more information or to register for this event, visit the AACRAO Webinars page.
Parchment CLR Services is available today. For more information, please visit parchment.com/products/CLRServices.
Parchment believes credentials matter in the lifelong journey of a learner. Offering the most comprehensive academic credential management system, Parchment helps learners, academic institutions and employers request, verify and share transcripts, diplomas, and other credentials in simple and secure ways. Our platform has helped millions of learners, 2,490 districts, 1,690 university registrar offices, 10 state education agencies, and 7,325 receivers (including university admissions offices, background check companies, employers, college application services, OPMs, and certification and licensing boards) exchange more than 100 million transcripts, diplomas, certificates and other credentials globally. Founded in 2003, Parchment is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in California and Illinois. We help turn credentials into opportunities. Follow Parchment on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.