Stratera Provides Web Development Services for National Student Clearinghouse

The National Student Clearinghouse is the nation’s most trusted source for education verification and student educational outcomes research. More than 3,400 colleges and universities that account for 96% of the students enrolled in private and public higher education participate in the Clearinghouse. The job of the Clearinghouse is to house student information such as enrollment information, degree information, and student transcripts. Institutions that participate in the Clearinghouse have access to such tools as DegreeVerify, which verifies the degrees issued to individuals, and EnrollmentVerify, which verifies enrollment in educational institutions.

Overview

The National Student Clearinghouse is the nation’s most trusted source for education verification and student educational outcomes research. More than 3,400 colleges and universities that account for 96% of the students enrolled in private and public higher education participate in the Clearinghouse. The job of the Clearinghouse is to house student information such as enrollment information, degree information, and student transcripts. Institutions that participate in the Clearinghouse have access to such tools as DegreeVerify, which verifies the degrees issued to individuals, and EnrollmentVerify, which verifies enrollment in educational institutions.

 

Challenge

The National Student Clearinghouse sought web development services for the creation of a no hassle, automatic software solution to manual transcript processes. The goal was to streamline transcript transfers in such a way that they could be completely accomplished at the push of a button. The system would have to be designed so that it would allow real-time electronic authentication, production, and transfer system for transcripts between the National Student Clearinghouse and Educational Institutions.

 

Solution

Ellucian, a technology company focused on the improvement of education, entered into a strategic alliance with National Student Clearinghouse to achieve this goal. Working in partnership with Ellucian Student Information Systems, Stratera Technologies was brought into the project to bridge the Clearinghouse networks and files with the Ellucian Student Information Systems. Stratera designed and modified web services so that Clearinghouse programs could consume the Ellucian application program interface (API). These programs included Banner® by Ellucian, Colleague® by Ellucian, and PowerCampus™ by Ellucian.

Using industry standards outlined by the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) standards, Stratera designed the web-based API to comply with XML formatting as outlined by the PESC. The interface between the Clearinghouse and Ellucian was consolidated into a single web-based API which minimized the development time and maintenance investment needed to keep the application up to date.

 

Results

With Stratera’s assistance, Ellucian and the National Student Clearinghouse are now linked by a single web-based system that allows for seamless transcript transfer. No longer will schools have to request hard copies of student transcripts. With this new system, institutions utilizing Ellucian’s technology will be able to seamlessly and easily request and access digital copies of any student transcript. Through this method, costs associated with printing, mailing, and maintaining hard copies of these documents can be cut down and almost eliminated. Not only will money be save, but also time. Registrar offices will no longer have to spend time looking through file cabinets searching for student documents. With this new system, registrar officers may have all the necessary data in one centralized location.