Magazine article University Business

Automating the Reverse Transfer Student Data Exchange

Magazine article University Business

Automating the Reverse Transfer Student Data Exchange

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More transfer students will now have the chance to obtain an associate degree--without extra administrative burden--thanks to a Lumina Foundation grant that National Student Clearinghouse received to provide an automated solution for exchanging reverse transfer student data. With this technology (currently in phase-one development in Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin), four-year schools will send academic data files to NSC whenever a student who has provided consent reaches the required credit hours, thus indicating possible eligibility for an associate degree. The Clearinghouse then alerts the correct two-year school that the record is available for download and review.

The second phase (still in development) of the Reverse Transfer project includes a set of data transparency tools, which will enable students to view all records held by the NSC.

David Pelham, NSC's vice president of higher education development and client relations, says the solution will eliminate barriers to a smooth reverse transfer process. The grant will help replace current enrollment technology (if there is any) with a more unified solution, using technology already in place at 3,600 U. …

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