Parchment a Key Player in NCAA’s Game Plan for Student-Athlete Development
Expanded partnership between Parchment and NCAA streamlines transcript exchange and verification process
Scottsdale, Ariz. (March 15, 2012) – As March Madness heats up, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Parchment Inc., the leading education credentials data pioneer, announce they have expanded their partnership to streamline the transcript exchange and verification process. The NCAA Eligibility Center, which certifies all prospective student-athletes at Division I and Division II colleges and universities, utilizes Docufide® by Parchment™ to quickly and securely verify student credentials.
The NCAA and Parchment expanded their partnership to drive student-athlete success for college progression and improve operational efficiency and administration. The expanded partnership also makes it possible for the NCAA Eligibility Center to switch from its current method of manually reviewing transcripts as scanned PDFs to Docufide’s transcript datafeed, which transfers documents to XML format. It’s a transition Gary deCastro, director of operations and performance management for the NCAA Eligibility Center, says is a game-changer.
“We can change from PDF to XML by flipping a switch,” deCastro said, calling the shift a culmination of “restructuring 15 years of legacy systems.”
“Parchment’s partnership with the NCAA represents the trend in education to replace paper-based processes with data-driven ones,” said Matthew Pittinsky, Ph.D., CEO of Parchment Inc. “Influential, high transcript-transaction volume organizations, such as the NCAA, affect change in the market. We’ll soon see large numbers on the path to using real-time education credentials data to analyze and improve interactions with students and other institutions.”
Since the NCAA Eligibility Center’s original partnership with Parchment began in fall 2010, the percentage of high schools that send transcript information to the Eligibility Center electronically has more than doubled, with 15 percent of all transcripts now received in electronic form. Benefits of the digital shift include improved data integrity, faster turnaround times and diminished costs.
As part of the expanded partnership, the NCAA Eligibility Center has integrated Docufide Receiver’s “Transcript Request” technology into the website used by prospective student-athletes to request transcripts from their high schools and complete other eligibility requirements online. Because Parchment’s transcript exchange network exceeds 30 percent of American high schools, the NCAA can expand its reach and promote more electronic submissions. The Docufide platform then enables the NCAA to spend more time on college progression while reducing transcript fulfillment time and expenditures.
“Building the document management system was the first step, but the other piece of the puzzle was expanding our reach,” said deCastro. “The drive to get transcripts to the Eligibility Center as part of that process was key in using Docufide’s infrastructure to have high schools transmit student transcripts and academic records.”
Student-athletes participating in this year’s March Madness – and thousands of other sporting events throughout the year – undergo rigorous eligibility verification prior to practice and competition. This process involves verifying that each prospective student-athlete has completed a sufficient number of core high school classes, provided proof of graduation, and submitted a test score from the SAT or ACT before they are cleared to practice or play at the college level.
Parchment’s mission is to unleash education credentials by unlocking the critical data they embody. A credentials data company, Parchment works with institutions and corporations around the world helping people collect, promote, and share their education credentials in simple and secure ways. At Parchment.com, students can research colleges and discover their chances of admission, see how they compare with peers, get college recommendations, and send official transcripts when they are ready to apply. The company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, Docufide® by Parchment™, is the leading transcript exchange and intelligence platform. The solution enables the secure, rapid exchange of millions of electronic transcripts and other student records among nearly 9,000 schools and universities, six state education agencies, and hundreds of thousands of individuals. Founded in 2003, Parchment Inc. is a venture-backed company headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., with offices in Los Angeles, Calif. Visit www.parchment.com/company for more information.