The Future of the Transcript

Ever heard of an “extended transcript”? Well for the students at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), they will be piloting a prototype that offers a look at the transcript of the future. UMUC is one of a dozen colleges that are involved in the Comprehensive Student Record Project, a project that was launched to advance different methods of tracking a students’ academic progress.


Joellen Shendy, associate video provost and registrar at UMUC stated that the transcript at the moment just doesn’t get a lot of screen time and that they want to build something that goes deeper into what a student can do.

This idea has been growing in popularity and offers students more information about their college career such as the students’ papers and projects and how they have contributed to their progress throughout the years, in addition to the traditional grades and hours spent studying.  Customization would also be included where the student would be allowed to modify their achievements – much like a resume – for different jobs.

This new type of transcript will also allow students to list goals they’re working towards, and even track their progress for mastering those goals. This gives students the ability to track their level of proficiency in their skills.  There is even a place where someone can view the student’s work as proof of their proficiency.

According to Shendy, in the future transcripts will give students a better understanding of the courses they have taken and how they affect their career.

Each of the universities participating in this project are in different stages and use different methods to further the transcript. UMUC is one of the ones that are farther along, developing mainly in documenting outside-of-the-class actives and increasing access to these records.

Elon University is developing its Experiences Transcript which shows a student’s involvement in extracurricular activates.  Standford is working on several projects, such as giving more access to current students, as well as giving alumni access to their records and moving transcripts to a non-paper format that are digitally signed by the university to guarantee their authenticity.

Because this project is still new and well in the beginning stages, there are no definitive results concerning this change, but after the institutions participating in this have completed their pilots, the plan is for them to promote this project and their findings to hopefully benefit other colleges and universities.

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