NC Electronic Transcript Usage Up

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01.15.2007—According to Xap Corp., a developer of education technologies, the use of electronic transcripts increased dramatically in 2006 in North Carolina's schools. The group said today that the total number of transcripts arriving at the state's colleges and universities from North Carolina high schools increased some 369 percent between 2005 and 2006.

North Carolina began offering a statewide electronic student transcript exchange three years ago. In 2005, a total of 3,200 transcripts were transmitted from 115 North Carolina high schools to the state's colleges and universities. In 2006, that number grew to more than 15,000, according to Xap, which provides the Transcript Exchange technology used in North Carolina. Transcript Exchange offers capabilities for requesting, sending, receiving and importing digital academic transcripts directly into a student information system with support for industry standards (PESC).

"The ability for students to send their official high school transcripts electronically is an incredible advantage both to students and school counselors who save time and money, and colleges can react much faster in making an admissions decision," said Robert Kanoy, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs with the University of North Carolina system.

Xap added that the Transcript Exchange saved North Carolina institutions some $75,000 in 2006.

North Carolina includes a Web site called CFNC.org (for "College Foundation of North Carolina") in its transcript exchange. CFNC.org provides career and education planning and allows individuals to submit applications and transcripts to higher-education institutions.

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