MHEC States Using e-transcripts Demonstrate Success

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The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) e-Transcript Initiative (ETI) has demonstrated the successful use of electronic transcripts in Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska during its first three years of operation. The use of electronic transcripts has become common practice for colleges and schools. All 12 MHEC member states are eligible for participation in the initiative.

We look forward to growing the number of participating schools this year

Well into its third year of operation, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) e-Transcript Initiative (ETI) has demonstrated the successful use of electronic transcripts in Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska. This is made possible through the Compact's contract with Docufide, Inc.

The use of electronic transcripts is common practice for Indiana colleges and schools. By the end of the school year, ETI anticipates that over 100,000 electronic transcripts will have been processed since the inception of the program. Currently the 326 Indiana high schools using ETI provide e-Transcript services to 88 percent of the state's public and private school students. This year an additional 10 percent of the state's schools are expected to join ETI, and the program is likely to experience a 40 percent increase in usage from the previous school year.

"We are loving e-Transcript in our office. It has made our job much, much easier in that department," noted Kimberly Clem, a guidance counselor at Elkhart Christian High School in Elkhart, Indiana.

The Minnesota e-Transcript Initiative has processed over 25,000 transcripts since its inception in June 2007. Even though Minnesota students and parents pay a nominal transcript fee, nearly 100 percent of the transcript requests from participating schools are processed through the system. (The Indiana and Nebraska ETI initiatives are fully subsidized.)

"We look forward to growing the number of participating schools this year," said Cheryl Maplethorpe of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. "With tightening budgets, adopting process automation and cost savings programs such as the e-Transcript will help high schools serve students more effectively as they apply to colleges."

The Nebraska ETI started strongly in 2008-09 with a 40 percent increase in participation from the previous year. ETI now includes 60 percent of the state's schools and students. Over 2,000 electronic transcripts have already been processed this year, and transcripts have been received electronically by 100 percent of the state's public colleges and 84 percent of the state's private colleges.

Doris Rempe, a counselor at Central Catholic High School in Grand Island, Nebraska, stated, "I have been very pleased with Docufide and e-transcripts. I am not a technical person at all, and the support staff at Docufide held my hand through this entire process. By the end of this year, all of my senior transcripts will be sent electronically."

All states in the MHEC region are eligible to participate, for more information on the e-Transcript Initiative go to http://eti.mhec.org or contact Jennifer Dahlquist, director of student access.

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), founded in 1991, consists of twelve states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. MHEC sponsors a variety of programs to reduce costs, to increase student access and to conduct policy research and analysis. The Compact is statutorily created and governed by a board comprised of five commissioners from each member state. Commissioners include legislators, governor's representatives and higher education leaders.

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