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How the University of Houston-Downtown Automated Transcript Processing

Parchment Staff  •  Apr 13, 2023  •  Case Studies
CaseStudy - University of Houston Downtown - Transcript Processing

Learn how transcript automation is helping the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) save countless hours, shave a week off admissions decisions, and provide better service to prospective students.



  • Inability to process transcripts promptly
  • Slow remittance of admission decisions
  • Lack of staff resources


  • Parchment Receive Premium
  • Parchment Receive – Data Automation


  • An efficient solution for processing transcripts for evaluation
  • Quicker admissions decisions
  • Reduced burden on staff (time savings)

Recognizing Challenges

The University of Houston used an outdated, inefficient imaging system to intake transcripts. “We actually did a test with our old imaging system, and it was more efficient to manually input transcript information because of all the errors,” said Anthony Stott, Application Lead. “When we discovered that our process was slower than manual entry, we knew it was time to explore a solution.”

The inefficiency in processing transcripts burdened staff while making UHD less competitive. “We couldn’t turn around admissions decisions in the time that we felt was sufficient because we didn’t have the data in our system to start evaluation,” said Lisa Lyle, Assistant Registrar of Articulation & Matriculation. “If we can’t get an admissions decision to the student, we are at a disadvantage compared to other institutions the student might be considering.”

Choosing a Solution

UHD wanted a product that could intake PDF transcripts and turn them into data. “We were looking for a reliable OCR technology because we receive a lot of PDF transcripts,” Lisa said.

When it came time to make a final decision, UHD prioritized a solution that seamlessly integrated with their current technology. “We wanted an out-of-the-box solution that integrated well with our existing system,” explained Joshua Wood, Functional Technical Support Analyst. “Knowing that [Data Automation, powered by Raptor] integrated with PeopleSoft and Parchment made the decision a lot easier.”

“We were completely underwater with processing transcripts, and we were never going to catch up. I can’t imagine where we would be without Parchment Receive and the [Data Automation, powered by Raptor] tool.”


Lisa Lyle

Assistant Registrar of Articulation & Matriculation
University of Houston-Downtown

Implementing Successfully

Anthony Stott was wary of undertaking a new solution but was pleasantly surprised how quickly the project was up and running. “It didn’t take more than a few months to implement this solution, including some customizable features we asked for,” Anthony explained. “It really wasn’t a painful integration at all, and I can’t think of any serious roadblocks throughout the entire implementation.” The implementation consisted of two primary phases. “We first established the SFTP connection between Parchment Receive Premium and the Data Automation, powered by Raptor, and then from there, it was loading the data into PeopleSoft,” Anthony said. Additionally, customer service and the attention from the Raptor and Parchment teams was excellent. “Throughout the process, anytime we needed to talk, they made themselves available. If we had questions, they were right there. That type of attention is so valuable,” Lisa said.


Reaping the Benefits

According to Lisa Lyle, Assistant Registrar, before UHD implemented Parchment Receive Premium and Data Automation, they couldn’t keep up with the transcript volume and were weeks behind on evaluation. “We were completely underwater with processing transcripts, and we were never going to catch up. I can’t imagine where we would be without Parchment Receive and the [Data Automation, powered by Raptor] tool.”

Since implementing Data Automation with Parchment Receive Premium, UHD has successfully processed over 30,000 transcripts without manual intervention, creating a better experience for applicants. “This project has allowed us to make admissions decisions faster, which provides better service to our prospective students and makes us more competitive,” Lisa said.

Benefits with Parchment


Reduced time to admissions
decisions by one week


Improved transcript
processing by 90%

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Increased quality of data and
reduced manual entry errors


About University of Houston-Downtown

  • Established in 1974 as part of the University of Houston System
  • Total Enrollment of 14,000+ students
  • 46 Bachelor’s Degree and 11 Master’s Degree offerings
  • Began licensing Parchment Receive Premium in 2022

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