Indiana’s efforts to give students more control over their academic transcripts may prove a boon for researchers and school reformers, too.
The state’s eTranscipt initiative, launched in 2005 and now funded by state law, aims to proide high school seniors and college students with electronic academic records that can follow them to colleges across the country. But over time, the project is evolving into a hub for high schools, colleges, and credentialling agencies to understand and improve the K-12 to postsecondary transition.
Ken Sauer, a senior associate and chief academic officer of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, estimates the system sends some 200,000 free transcripts nationwide each year.
“Not only is it helpful for students to be admitted to college, but it helps them determine their eligibility…