Institutions tackling student record reform

As colleges and universities all over the nation consider how they might create a more comprehensive student record, a group of institutions is embracing the idea in earnest, aided by a $1.5 million project supported by Lumina Foundation.

The schools, with help from NASPA and AACRAO (the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers), will seek to collect, document and share student outcomes and competencies that reflect learning that is gained, not just from academic courses, but also from a broad range of student experiences, including co-curricular activities.

The participating institutions are:

Note: Two additional institutions will be named by year’s end to round out the group of 12.


Student records: Off the shelf and into the real world

Tom Green still recalls his trips into the musty archive holding the transcripts of Seton Hall University students. These records - bearing the handwriting of Seton Hall professors dating back to the 19th century - dutifully listed the course work completed by the first students to enroll at the university, the amount of time they spent in those classes and, of course, the grades awarded at semester’s end.


Effort to enhance student records sets the stage for second chances

Houston, Texas - The quarter-mile separating the commuter parking lot from the main campus of the University of Houston- Downtown (UHD) is not an insurmountable distance. Still, given Houston’s famously oppressive humidity, most students choose an air-conditioned shuttle bus - or a trip on the city’s light-rail system - over a stroll to class.


Well aware of the challenges, transcript team wades in boldly

Worcester, Mass. - Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) student Kwame Ofori will present an impressive list of achievements on the transcript that will be sent to the Worcester State University admissions office along with his transfer application to begin classes there next fall.