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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 Tennessee Electronic Transcript Exchange. To date, 357 of the state’s 649 high schools have adopted the new service, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.

High schools can sign up to join the free Tennessee Electronic Transcript Exchange at https://studentclearinghouse.info/tn/. To encourage participation, The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the Clearinghouse are bringing secondary and postsecondary institutions together on March 28 in Knoxville, March 29 in Nashville, and March 30 in Memphis. Registration and event details can be found here.

THEC selected the National Student Clearinghouse, the nation’s leader in education verifications and electronic education record exchanges, during a competitive process to create the Tennessee Electronic Transcript Exchange.

“As a busy administrative assistant and registrar, it is wonderful to assist our students in securing their future by sending transcripts to multiple locations using one screen, one center, all at once,” said Sheryl Clevenger, Registrar of Cocke County High School in Newport, Tenn. “Before our school district chose to utilize the Tennessee Electronic Transcript Exchange, transcripts were sent by “snail mail.” Not having to print each transcript, sign and then stamp the official seal, print the mailing envelope, and more is such a time saver. The students simply request and then I am able to immediately send the transcript. The transition is so smooth and the response is immediate. Why wouldn’t every institution, large or small, choose to use the Tennessee Electronic Transcript Exchange?”

The Clearinghouse provides thousands of high schools and districts throughout the United States with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni. The Clearinghouse also 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 continues to demonstrate its commitment to our education mission by working as an integral partner with THEC and other Tennessee education institutions to enhance the entire state’s transcript and data exchange process to benefit students and staff,” said Rick Torres, President and CEO, National Student Clearinghouse. “The Clearinghouse’s collaboration with Tennessee also will open new possibilities for the state’s education community and serve as an example for other states that draw upon our user-friendly, secure, statewide K-20 electronic transcript and data exchange solution.”

About the Tennessee Higher Education Commission

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly.  The Commission develops, implements, and evaluates postsecondary education policies and programs in Tennessee while coordinating the state’s systems of higher education, and is relentlessly focused on increasing the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential.

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation is the State of Tennessee’s non-profit corporation responsible for the administration of postsecondary financial aid programs. TSAC provides financial assistance for postsecondary educational opportunities to Tennessee residents and other students who have established eligibility in accordance with program guidelines. TSAC also provides outreach services to schools and students to assist with making responsible financial aid decisions, emphasizing responsible borrowing and repayment. Learn more at https://www.tn.gov/thec/

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.

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 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.

For more information, contact Todd Sedmak, 703-742-4837 or media@studentclearinghouse.org.

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