Tuesday, January 16, 2007

If You Can’t Automate GPA Recalculation – It’s Not Electronic

January 16, 2007-What is a “True” Electronic Transcript?

Seems like everywhere you look these days, people are talking about delivering electronic transcripts. It’s true, “true” electronic transcripts save time and money. They create paperless offices, streamline tasks such as GPA recalculation and applicant materials matching. And they make the admissions process more efficient for all involved - especially students and parents. Of course, it’s only true if we’re talking about the same “electronic transcript.”

Our marketplace tends to confuse the definition of an “electronic transcript.” If you have to print out the .pdf attachment, it’s not electronic. If you have to scan or image the .pdf, it's not electronic. If you can't import data to automate GPA recalculations, it's not electronic. Without knowing the facts, it’s easy to fall for a delivery system that really doesn’t solve the problem. Don’t allow yourself to be confused.

Ted Spencer from the University of Michigan, one of our college partners, summed it up best in this month’s University Business when he defined the “true” electronic transcript we deliver through Connect! -
"We're particularly excited about a new partnership with ConnectEdu that will allow us to receive electronic transcripts and letters of recommendations that will go directly into our student information system, not .pdfs that go into our imaging system. We think this is the direction admissions will go in the future as we transition from a paper-based process, to an image and data process, to strictly a data process over the next five to 10 years. There is so much you can do to manage your admissions process better and to analyze retention when you have data in your student information system."
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For the hundreds of thousands of Connect! users, ours is a “true” electronic transcript and the first step toward a faster, more secure admissions process.

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