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National Student Clearinghouse Announces New Board Members

HERNDON, VA, AUG. 6, 2015 – The National Student Clearinghouse® and the National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center have each elected two new members to their boards of directors for the 2015-2016 term. Dr. R. Eileen Baccus, President Emeritus of Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and Dr. Monty Sullivan, President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), will serve on the Clearinghouse’s corporate board. Dr. Sullivan will also serve on the Research Center board, joining the other new member, Dr. Patrick Kelly, a Senior Associate at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).

Dr. Baccus, who is currently a coach for Achieving the Dream, also consults with eight community colleges and two universities from Vermont to California helping them improve their student retention and graduation rates, particularly for low-income students and students of color. Her distinguished career in education includes serving as president at both Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted, CT, and the former Thames Valley State Technical College in Norwich, CT. “It is a pleasure to join the board of this organization whose work I greatly value,” said Dr. Baccus. “I look forward to playing a role in maintaining the integrity of the Clearinghouse and the trust of its constituencies.”

Prior to joining LCTCS as its fourth president, Dr. Sullivan was Chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans. He has also served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and was one of the founding employees of Louisiana Delta Community College. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the National Student Clearinghouse board of directors,” said Dr. Sullivan. “I look forward to working with a stellar group of education professionals and leaders. The Clearinghouse is a valuable resource for Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges, and the work of the Clearinghouse is critical to the future of higher education and our ability to better serve our students and meet the needs of our industry partners and the communities we serve.”

In addition to being a Senior Associate at NCHEMS, Dr. Kelly is the Director of its Information Center for State Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis and works on many projects applying research and policy analysis to link higher education with the critical needs of states. Before joining NCHEMS, Dr. Kelly was the Senior Associate for Information and Research at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. “NCHEMS has had the pleasure of working with the Clearinghouse for nearly a decade on several research projects and providing feedback on many of the Signature Reports it has produced over the years,” said Dr. Kelly. “We have a long history of promoting the effective use of longitudinal data to drive informed postsecondary education policy. It is an honor to be on the Clearinghouse board because it has been such a key player in helping institutions and states foster these data efforts and, ultimately, improve the success rates of students.”

According to Clearinghouse CEO and President, Rick Torres, “We welcome our newest members to the Clearinghouse and our Research Center boards and look forward to the valuable insights they will provide as we evolve, broaden, and deepen our mission of service to the education community. The Clearinghouse continuously leverages the collective wisdom, expertise, and guidance provided by our boards as we grow our value proposition and services. This effective education community collaboration has helped us grow the annual economic value we provide to education to more than $750 million dollars.”

Lists of the National Student Clearinghouse and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center board members are available on http://www.studentclearinghouse.org/about/leadership.php.

About the National Student Clearinghouse®

The National Student Clearinghouse (a nonprofit formed in 1993) is the trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges, handling more than 1.2 billion education record transactions annually. The Clearinghouse serves as a single point of contact for the collection and timely exchange of accurate and comprehensive enrollment, degree, and certificate records on behalf of its more than 3,600 participating higher education institutions, which represent 98 percent of all students in public and private U.S. institutions. The Clearinghouse also provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni.

Through its verification, electronic exchange, and reporting services, the Clearinghouse saves the education community cumulatively over $750 million dollars annually. Most Clearinghouse services are provided to colleges and universities at little or no charge, including enhanced transcript and research services, enabling institutions to redistribute limited staff and budget resources to more important student service efforts. Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate an institution’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws. The Clearinghouse has signed the Student Privacy Pledge and is the first recipient of ikeepsafe.org’s FERPA compliance badge, which was awarded to its StudentTracker® for High Schools service. For more information, visit www.studentclearinghouse.org.


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