FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2011
KANSAS HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS OFFER ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPTS
eTranscripts Offer Faster, Secure and Cost Effective Method to Exchange Student Records
(TOPEKA) – Today the Board of Regents announced five higher education institutions; Barton Community College, Bethel College, Fort Scott Community College, Johnson County Community College, and Pittsburg State University; will begin offering electronic transcripts (eTranscripts), as part of a statewide initiative.
“Electronic transcript delivery is faster, more secure, and a more cost effective way to exchange student records,” says Morgan Beck, Registrar at Fort Scott Community College.
The State of Kansas launched eTranscripts in 2009, collaborating with Docufide by Parchment, Inc. Initially all public high schools in Kansas were eligible to participate. Higher education institutions were added to the initiative in 2011.
More than 7,000 institutions and agencies, nationally and internationally, receive transcripts electronically. In Kansas, the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) recently joined the initiative. “Processing efficiencies and service to students are at the forefront of our mission,” said Adrian Guerrero, Director of Operations for KSBN. “We are excited to offer this method of transcript sharing which enables our ability to quickly and securely access transcripts of an applicant."
“Electronic transcript exchange allows high schools and colleges to improve service to students,” said Andy Tompkins, President and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents. “eTranscripts provide a faster way to send credentials to other agencies as well, such as potential employers and licensing boards, and this paper reduction effort aids environmental sustainability. The Board of Regents is delighted to offer this service, and we hope additional institutions will join this initiative.”
About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, founded in 1925 and established in the Kansas Constitution, is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. The Board also approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.
Visit the Kansas Board of Regents online at www.kansasregents.org.