The Commonwealth of Kentucky announced today it has selected Parchment, the leader in eTranscript exchange, to enable “Kentucky eTranscript,” the statewide electronic transcript initiative, with the goal of making the entire college admissions process easier and encouraging more students to pursue a postsecondary education.
“The statewide adoption of electronic transcripts will streamline the college admissions process, in some cases allowing students to complete the process totally online,” said Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson. “The eTranscript system will be easy for our students to use, and it will reduce costs and save time for all parties.”
Kentucky’s eTranscript is provided free to high school students, school districts, colleges and universities by a collaboration among the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Several Kentucky secondary schools and universities provided input to create a common transcript as part of this initiative.
Beginning this academic year, Kentucky public high school students can electronically send their transcripts to any Kentucky postsecondary institution at no cost; all 50 are participating members of Parchment Exchange. Jefferson County will be the first to make the system available district-wide. By the end of the year, Kentucky eTranscript should be available to students in public and private high schools across the state, as school districts are phased in and go live with the system.
“Parchment’s mission is to support student success, and one of the ways we do that is by easing the process through which high school transcripts are sent to colleges. Thanks to this decision by Kentucky leaders, students in Kentucky now have a leg up on the higher education ladder,” said Matthew Pittinsky, CEO, Parchment.
Kentucky eTranscript is an example of a growing, national trend by states to adopt eTranscripts and move toward digital credentials. Inclusive of Kentucky, Parchment powers eight statewide eTranscript initiatives. The others are in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Parchment is the leader in electronic transcript (eTranscript) exchange, allowing learners and institutions to collect, analyze, use and share their education credentials in simple and secure ways. More than 7,700 active member high schools and postsecondary institutions, including 8 statewide initiatives, have exchanged nearly 10 million transcripts using Parchment Exchange. Founded in 2003, Parchment Inc. is a venture-backed company headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in Roseville, CA, Denver, CO, Grand Rapids, MI and Washington, DC.