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UMUC to test extended transcripts with more data

UMUC logo 600sWhen we think transcripts, we tend to think of a basic, dry report: course names, credit hours earned, grade point average, dates…and that’s pretty much it.

But the University of Maryland University College is one of twelve institutions from across the country that’s looking at ways to change their transcripts, packing them with more tangible information about student progress.

“We have a document right now that doesn’t get a lot of screen time,” Joellen Shendy, associate vice provost and registrar at UMUC, told The Chronicle of Higher Education.  “What we’re hoping to do is to build something that matters more, that goes far deeper into what a student knows, can do and has demonstrated.”

The pilot project is a joint effort by (deep breath) the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Prototype extended transcripts, such as one designed by UMUC, include broad objectives and specific goals related to the student’s course of study. Nursing students, for example, might see progress bars tracking their ability to “optimize workflow to maximize the impact of nursing informatics,” the Chronicle writes.

UMUC will test the new method starting this fall.

This sort of transcript might help students better understand how their course choices impact their career prospects, Shendy told the Chronicle.

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