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College Application Process Gets Easier with Minnesota e-Transcript Initiative

Students, high schools and colleges will benefit statewide  


Los Angeles, CA, June 19th, 2007: Docufide, Inc. today announced the launch of the Minnesota statewide e-Transcript Initiative; sponsored by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) and Midwestern Higher Education Compact. The initiative will allow students at high schools and colleges throughout Minnesota to utilize Docufide’s Secure Transcript services at a significant discount.


Students and alumni among public and private schools will be able to order online and have their official transcripts electronically delivered to any participating Minnesota college. They will also be able to send transcripts to over 4,000 other colleges and universities nationwide, as well as to 3rd party destinations, electronically or on security paper mailed by Docufide. Any college or university can register with Docufide to receive transcripts in the format they desire for free. Docufide has been successfully processing transcripts electronically for high schools across 18 states for the past four years.


“We are pleased to be able to simplify the process of sending and receiving transcripts for our Minnesota students and schools,” said Susan Heegaard, director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. “This initiative gives Minnesota the opportunity to join other states in cost effectively implementing a change that educators have long thought important.”


The Minnesota state participation agreement follows the award of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) Regional Electronic Transcript Initiative (ETI). In addition to Minnesota and Indiana (participating through a separate contract award since 2005), several other MHEC states are currently considering joining the initiative. Eleven states make up the MHEC region and include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. 


A Cost Savings and an opportunity


High schools spend an estimated $6.70 per paper-based transcript processed. With an average of six transcripts per student being requested, that adds up to over $40 per college bound student. Colleges will also save money calculated at over $9 per incoming transcript.


Implementing an electronic high school transcript system region-wide to reduce such costs and improve student’s access to college was recommended by MHEC’s Student Access Advisory Committee comprised of professionals from the eleven MHEC member states. “This collaborative effort aligns with MHEC’s emphasis to maximize student’s access to college,” stated MHEC President Larry Isaak. “We’re pleased to see Minnesota sign-on,” he added.


Technology solutions can help relieve the strain and provide the data for better informed decision making. According to John Reese, Docufide’s CEO, “Everyone sees the benefits in electronic transcripts. The hard task, which we uniquely address, is being able to connect all high schools to all colleges, independent of the student information systems they use, without requiring changes to the existing systems. We are looking forward to working with high schools, colleges and universities in Minnesota to provide their students with these and other derivative services.” 


Schools already using Docufide within the state

Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota has been using the Docufide e-transcript service since 2004. “Docufide has been an incredible resource to our school,” said Dr. Randall Peterson, Eastview’s principal. “The installation, training and implementation processes were extremely simple and straight-forward. Customer service is exceptional and problem resolution has been immediate. Docufide is sincerely one of the best technology/educational support organizations I have had the pleasure to associate in my past 23 years in education,” he added.


The initiative will be guided by a project advisory committee with expertise from OHE, the Department of Education, the Minnesota Private College Council, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the University of Minnesota and K-12. The MHEC office and Docufide are working collaboratively with these representatives to implement and utilize the service. 


About Docufide, Inc.
Docufide is the leading provider of Educational Records Management services. Its flagship service, Secure Transcript, manages the ordering, processing, and secure delivery of student transcripts for secondary and postsecondary institutions nationwide. Secure Transcript saves schools money, frees up staff time, and improves student satisfaction. Docufide, Inc. is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with representatives throughout the United States. For more information please visitwww.docufide.com or call 310.309.3722. 


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