Pioneering California college will pilot free, blockchain-secured digital transcripts to place college students for profession and educational success
LA JOLLA, CALIF. (December 15, 2020) — Nationwide College, a nonprofit establishment with a 50-year historical past of serving veterans, educators, and dealing adults, introduced immediately the launch of an formidable new blockchain expertise pilot designed to make transcripts and educational data extra simply accessible and transportable for college students. Learners will now have the ability to entry a safe digital locker — at any time and on any cell or internet-connected gadget — that enables them to confirm and share credentials with potential employers and different instructional establishments.
“The pandemic has introduced a heightened sense of urgency to rising affordability whereas forging stronger connections between the tutorial expertise, the workforce, and lifelong studying — and that features giving college students larger management of their credentials,” stated Dr. David Andrews, president of Nationwide College. “This work is about unlocking larger worth from our applications for lifelong studying and making our college students and their credentials extra discoverable to potential employers.”
By way of a partnership with Dallas-based GreenLight Credentials, a frontrunner in blockchain expertise and digital credentials, Nationwide College will now supply a pilot group of 300 college students free entry to their instructional transcripts via a safe digital locker throughout their research on the college, with plans to develop the service to extra present and former college students over time.
The revolutionary service will assist to streamline the method of profession search, graduate college and scholarship functions, and credit score switch by lowering wait instances and price usually related to requesting data from the establishment. Schools and universities usually cost charges for copies of paper-based and digital transcripts, with some even putting a maintain on offering data to college students with excellent charges. Every year, Nationwide College processes greater than 30,000 requests for transcript verification or different educational data.
“Blockchain expertise holds transformative potential to simplify the method of accessing and verifying educational data for learners, employers, and establishments,” stated Manoj Kutty, founder and CEO of GreenLight Credentials. “This shift will empower learners with their very own educational data and credentials and exhibit the worth of their educational experiences to succeed on the planet of labor and lifelong studying.”
The blockchain pilot enhances the college’s dedication to bettering entry and affordability and eradicating obstacles to educational and profession success for college students. Earlier this yr, for instance, Nationwide College unveiled a plan to cut back the price of attendance by slashing the price of attendance by as much as 25 p.c for full-time college students and by including scholarships that make enrollment almost free for Pell Grant-eligible college students.
About Nationwide College
Nationwide College, a veteran-founded nonprofit, has been devoted to assembly the wants of hard-working adults by offering accessible, reasonably priced, achievable increased training alternatives since 1971. As San Diego’s largest non-public nonprofit college, NU affords over 75 on-line and on-campus applications and versatile four-week courses designed to assist college students attain their objectives whereas balancing busy lives. Since its founding, the NU group has grown to over 25,000 college students and 175,000 alumni across the globe, a lot of whom serve in serving to industries corresponding to enterprise, training, healthcare, cybersecurity, and regulation and felony justice. Study extra at NU.edu.
GreenLight connects college students, educators, and companies by offering customers management of their lifelong studying data and achievements. These data could be immediately and securely shared between instructional establishments, college students, and employers from any gadget, wherever, at any time bettering training and profession outcomes for all. Study extra at GLCredentials.com.