Parchment Expands International Credential Support with Addition of CHESICC

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U.S. Colleges & Universities Now Able to Verify Academic Credentials from China Using the Same Service as U.S. Secondary and Postsecondary Credentials

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Academic credentials are the currency of opportunity and exchanging that currency across international borders has historically proven challenging.

Today, at the fifth annual meeting of the Groningen Declaration Network, Parchment announced its partnership with China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC). The partnership enables Parchment Receive members to accept verified Chinese academic credentials electronically and securely through CHESICC. CHESICC is an authoritative institution directly under the Chinese Ministry of Education. The CHESICC/Parchment delivery service is now live following a beta period during which University of Nebraska at Omaha received student records from CHESICC through Parchment using the same processes and workflows with which they process domestic transcripts and related records.

According to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal, Chinese students represent the largest population of foreign nationals seeking a postsecondary education in the United States. In the 2014-15 academic year, 304,040 students from China were studying in the United States. These students applying to U.S. institutions from China must go through a process that requires proof of academic achievement through official student records. For many U.S. institutions, lack of prior experience or familiarity with schools and universities in China creates obstacles for the student and the institution when it comes to verifying and evaluating those records. By directing Chinese applicants to request their records through CHESICC, institutions are assured of the integrity of the records and receive them in a translated format. By enabling CHESICC delivery through Parchment, US postsecondary institutions can receive those records in electronic format, leveraging their existing processes, saving money and enabling more accurate and efficient evaluation.

In May 2015, Parchment became a signatory to the Groningen Declaration, a set of principles focused on improving student data mobility. This international document seeks common ground to best serve both the academic and professional mobility needs of learners around the world by bringing together key stakeholders in the Digital Student Data Ecosystem. By signing this declaration, Parchment signaled its engagement with universities, companies and governments worldwide to facilitate the transfer of electronic academic credentials.

The CHESICC relationship further expands Parchment’s international network of credential issuers, already spanning 45 countries. Since 2014, Parchment has been engaged with TrueCopy, a leading exchange platform for electronic transcripts in India, enabling Parchment Receive members to verify academic credentials from India. Since the inception of the partnership, Parchment and TrueCopy have facilitated the exchange of thousands of digital academic credentials.

“Academic credentials are the currency of opportunity and exchanging that currency across international borders has historically proven challenging,” said Parchment Chief Executive Officer Matthew Pittinsky, Ph.D. “We are pleased to make CHESICC services available to our receiving and verifying members as they look to create opportunities for more international learners. Our work in this area is enabled by, and demonstrates our commitment to, the principles and processes Parchment committed to as a signatory to the Groningen Declaration.”

Parchment Receive members leverage the Parchment Unified Inbox to collect all electronic documents in a single place, enabling digital credentials from applicants around the world to be aggregated in one location. In 2014, Parchment engaged in a strategic relationship with Hobsons, an education solutions company, to fully integrate with the Parchment Unified Inbox.

For 13 years, millions of learners around the world have relied on Parchment to safely and securely facilitate the delivery of their academic credentials to higher education institutions, employers, licensing boards and other associations. Today, Parchment’s member network of credential issuers reaches 24 percent of US enrollments in secondary schools and 16 percent of US enrollments in postsecondary schools. In addition, most U.S. colleges and universities rely on Parchment to collect and process electronic credentials as receivers. In the last twelve months ending March 31, 2016, Parchment has facilitated more than 7.6 million academic credential orders, further establishing its position as a leader in digital credential exchange orders.

Parchment is committed to operating in an environment of open standards where learners’ electronic credentials can be securely exchanged worldwide. Today, Parchment is the only organization recognized with the P20W Electronic Standards Council (PESC) Seal of Approval, for Parchment’s implementation of PESC Approved Standards. In addition, Parchment integrates with the Standardization of Postsecondary Education Data Exchange (SPEEDE) and is a signatory to G.R.E.E.N, the Global Registrar EduRecord Exchange Network™ for higher education.

China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) is an authoritative institution directly under Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE). Founded in 1991, CHESICC is specializing in information service and career guidance for students of higher education institutions. Its primary business includes higher education enrollment, students' record and qualification management and graduates' employment. CHESSIC is the only MOE-designated institution for the verification of higher education qualification certificates.

About Parchment
Parchment is the most widely-adopted academic credential management system in the U.S., allowing learners, academic institutions, and employers to request, verify, and share credentials in simple and secure ways. The platform has helped millions of people and thousands of schools and universities exchange more than 20 million transcripts and other credentials globally. Founded in 2003, Parchment Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in Roseville, CA, Denver, CO, Grand Rapids, MI, Toronto, ON and Washington, DC. Follow Parchment on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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