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Four Lessons Learned from the National Connecting Credentials Campaign

Several red flags were signaling danger in the U.S. marketplace of credentials in 2013. Long-standing credentials (degrees) were being joined by rapidly growing use of newer entrants (e.g., certificates, industry certifications, digital badges). College and university transcripts were not presenting a full picture of learning behind credentials to enable students to communicate all they’d learned…

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Agencies Need to Get Savvy About Low-Cost Program Evaluation

Government Executive, March 28, 2017 Tracking student outcomes through and after post-secondary education allows agencies and organizations to generate reliable evidence about how well their programs work and whether the results justify the costs. By embedding an evaluation into an existing program and using existing data through the National Student Clearinghouse, the researchers were able…

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Tennessee High Schools and Higher Education Institutions Can Now Send Electronic Transcripts to Each Other

National Student Clearinghouse Creates Statewide Electronic Transcript and Data Service HERNDON, VA, March 7, 2017—All Tennessee high schools are now eligible to send electronic transcript data of current or recent students among all 649 high schools, Tennessee’s higher education institutions, Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) for Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship eligibility, by joining the new…

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Future of credential evaluation – Digital data, networks

University World News, September 2, 2016 With nearly five million study abroad students worldwide and millions of refugees escaping conflict or in search of a better life, international credential evaluation has never been more important, says evaluation expert Margaret Wenger. Today digital data is transforming the field, speeding up evaluation and supporting student mobility –…

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Credentials fraud now a global threat for universities

University World News, June 6, 2016 “One of the big fears that schools have about jumping into the international arena is that they really are worried about the fraud,” Rick Torres, president of the National Student Clearinghouse, said in a phone conversation with University World News. The non-profit organisation handles more than 750 million requests…

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Colleges Advised to be More Transparent with Key Data on Outcomes

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 18, 2016 In order to demonstrate what they are doing for students, colleges and universities must be willing to let data tell their story and stop perpetuating the faulty notion that charging a hefty tuition necessarily means students are getting a better education. Doug Shapiro, executive research director at…

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National Student Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker® for High Schools Earns iKeepSafe California Badge

Herndon, VA , May 16, 2016 – iKeepSafe announced that it will be awarding the California Privacy Badge to StudentTracker for High Schools, a National Student Clearinghouse product. StudentTracker helps high schools and districts gauge the success their graduates have in college, focusing on enrollment, persistence, and completion. iKeepSafe’s California Privacy Badge is the first…

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