Michigan Education Agency Signs With Parchment to Develop Path-breaking “eTranscripts” – Launching Student Transcript Repository

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Education credentials management provider Parchment Inc. (formerly Docufide, Inc.) today announced that it has been retained by the state of Michigan’s Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) to develop an academic transcript repository for all Michigan high school and college students as part of its contract with the agency to run its electronic transcript (“e-Transcript”) initiative.

Education credentials management provider Parchment Inc. (formerly Docufide, Inc.) today announced that it has been retained by the state of Michigan’s Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) to develop an academic transcript repository for all Michigan high school and college students as part of its contract with the agency to run its electronic transcript (“e-Transcript”) initiative.

Parchment’s contract with CEPI, a multi-million dollar relationship, includes the scope of work that Parchment has been providing CEPI since July of 2009 with 100 percent of the states public college and 99 percent of the public high schools already registered with Docufide for the eTranscript Initiative. “We’re honored that the state of Michigan has again entrusted Parchment with helping to build and manage its Student Transcript and Academic Record Repository (STARR),” said Matthew Pittinsky, Parchment’s chief executive officer. “CEPI and Parchment share the same goal: to revolutionize the way high schools, colleges, and students use academic credentials by unleashing the valuable data they embody.”

CEPI Director Thomas Howell, said that, “Parchment has worked closely with our agency to design STARR in a way that satisfies our data needs for academic record inclusion in the state longitudinal data system while also remaining sensitive to the concerns for student privacy and confidentiality raised by colleges and universities across the state. The flexible approach Parchment used to develop the tool helped garner widespread support for the effort. We are eagerly awaiting our first data collection this spring!”

CEPI’s eTranscript initiative, powered by Parchment’s Docufide education credentials management platform, encompasses all of Michigan’s public and private high schools. Parchment’s job is to help CEPI process, secure, and when circumstances dictate, make readily available students’ electronic transcripts and secondary school reports. Parchment’s duties for CEPI also include the development and deployment of the STARR retrieval and reporting system, covering 1,307 eligible 9-12 schools and 165 colleges.

“Michigan is leading the national movement toward making student data available electronically; whether to colleges in the form of electronic transcripts, or collected and transferred to a data warehouse where it can be analyzed and reported on in ways that improve the education system,” explained Pittinsky. “The challenges that Michigan students and schools face in managing academic credentials are shared around the country. Their decision to renew our relationship is the product of a lot of hard work on both sides to build what has become a nationally recognized successful model.”

About Parchment

At Parchment, our mission and passion is to unleash education credentials, by unlocking the critical data they embody. We work with institutions and corporations around the world helping people collect, promote and share their education credentials in simple and secure ways. More than 10 state education agencies, 7,000 schools and universities and hundreds of thousands of individuals trust and rely on the Docufide by Parchment platform to transform and deliver millions of transcripts and other student records each year. Founded in 2003, Parchment is a venture-backed company headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in Los Angeles, CA. Parchment is credentials unleashed.

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