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‘Elon Experiences Transcript and Integration to the Academic Transcript’ Awarded First Place in PESC Best Practices Competition

The Board of Directors of PESC has announced Elon University and Parchment as First Place Winners of PESC’s 16th Annual Best Practices Competition. The collaborative submission prepared by Dr. Rodney Parks, Registrar and Assistant Professor at Elon University entitled, “Elon Experiences Transcript and Integration to the Academic Transcript,” received high praise from the Board for its holistic approach to improving the student experience with innovative technology while simultaneously preparing for standardization.

“As registrars, many of us struggle constantly to maintain consistency in the face of faculty and student demands for a more comprehensive credential that documents the student academic experience in greater depth,” Dr. Parks explains in the winning submission. “While historically student systems have limited our ability to provide experiential depth to the transcript, Parchment has enabled us to take the technology of producing comprehensive student records to a new level.”

Given this pressure for more detailed documentation, some institutions have begun to develop ways to extend the traditional academic transcripts, including co-curricular, competency-based, and data-enabled eTranscripts. Matthew Pittinksy, Ph.D. CEO of Parchment and faculty member at Arizona State University notes, “Co-curricular and competency-based transcripts innovate at the level of content and substance, extending the academic transcript.”

“Elon University and Parchment exemplify how innovation and standardization can live side by side,” states Michael D. Sessa, PESC President & CEO. “Innovation is not hampered, but enhanced by the strategic approach brought by standards; while existing standards must correspondingly ensure they remain current and usable,” Mr. Sessa adds.

The award-winning submission made by Elon University and Parchment is posted on the PESC website with prior winners.

PESC’s Education Record User Group is the permanent authority within PESC governing registrar and admissions PESC Approved Standards. For more information about PESC, the Annual Best Practices Competition and the Education Record User Group, please visit http://www.PESC.org.