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Electronic transcripts will take on global significance at this fall’s EDiNTEROP 2016, where two groups focused on student-data exchange in North America and Europe will explore cooperation toward a cross-continental standard.

With the focus on “Enabling the Portability of Student Data Across the Education Domain,” EdExchange, an emerging North American data standard championed by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Technology Center, will convene with the European data exchange initiative Erasmus Without Paper (EWP) at the EDiNTEROP conference, being held Oct. 12-14 in San Diego.

Both initiatives are focused on creating a consistent way for academic institutions to exchange student data such as electronic transcripts. Collaboration between the two efforts is viewed as a way to address the need for a more efficient exchange of student data for an estimated 5 million students who are studying outside of their home countries.

EdExchange recently entered its pilot phase, under the auspices of the Common Data Services Task Force of the Postsecondary Education Standards Council (PESC), which hosts the annual EDiNTEROP event.

Louis Delzompo, Chief Technology Officer of the CCC Technology Center, will present on behalf of EdExchange. He will join EWP expert Valère Meus of the International Relations Office of Ghent University in Belgium in a presentation and working discussion aimed at aligning the initiatives to further coordinate the digitalization, standardization and exchange of student data.

Conference Information

EDiNTEROP is the Fall Symposium & Data Summit of PESC. Held each fall in North America, the conference focuses on local, regional, national and global factors driving education data and data systems, innovation, technology and standards.

Registration is open for the event, which will take place Oct. 12-14, 2016, at the Westin San Diego Hotel. The Fall Symposium & Data Summit includes PESC's Annual Membership Meeting and Annual Fall Reception. For more information and to register, visit the PESC website.

PESC members as well as non-members are encouraged to attend. Early bird registration is available until Sept. 9 at the rate of $850 for members or $1,050 for non-members. After Sept. 9, the rates increase to $975 for members and $1,250 for non-members.

All General and Concurrent Summit Sessions and events are open to registered attendees and dress code is business casual. Concurrent session topics will include:

  • Academic Credentialing and Experiential Learning Task Force
  • Canadian PESC User Group
  • Change Control Board
  • Common Data Services Task Force
  • Education Record User Group
  • Global Data Mobility User Group
  • Technical Advisory Board

Hotel Information

The host hotel is the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. A discounted group rate of $209 per night is available through Friday, Sept. 9. Use the group name “PESC” when registering. For hotel reservations, contact the hotel directly by phone at 800-937-8461.

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor

an estimated 5 million students who are studying outside of their home countries.