​​​​​​​​​​​​​​6th ANNUAL MEETING 2017
Melbourne Australia | ​April 26-28, 2017


University of Melbourne, Woodward Conference Centre

Melbourne Law School, Level 10, Pelham Street


Stop 1 Building, 757 Swanston Street, Level 1



PESC is a proud partner, participant and supporter of the Groningen Declaration Network (GDN).  PESC became a Signatory in 2015 at the 4th Annual Meeting at the University of Malaga in Malaga Spain. 

Due to the harmony in missions shared by PESC and GDN, many PESC Members are also GDN Signatories, including: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC), CollegeNET, Credentials Solutions, Digitary, Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), International Educational Research Foundation (IERF), National Student Clearinghouse, Par
chment, Stanford University, and the University of Texas at Austin.​

This information is provided to support Members & Signatories and those involved in PESC and the Groningen Declaration Network.


PESC and the Groningen Declaration Network are conducting the following surveys for the Vision Task Force and for the Global Institution Code Project:

PESC Global Institution Code Survey

GDN Global Best Practices Survey

GDN Glossary of Terms Survey



In addition to developing and managing data exchange standards - the most recent Common Credential for Certificates, Degrees and Diplomas and Academic ePortfolio, PESC oversees two major initiatives of importance and interest to GDN:


A neutral data exchange platform enabling the electronic exchange of standards-based digital documents and data between academic institutions and their service providers.

Global Institution Code

A free, open and standardized online directory of institution codes and identifiers for use by education institutions and stakeholders worldwide.

1)  For EdExchange, as its mission harmonizes with Erasmus Without Paper (EWP), PESC and EWP have become partners.  PESC and EMREX have also become partners for the same reasons.  Together, PESC, EWP and EMREX are looking to improve communications and interoperability between Europe and North America.

EdExchange is in 'pilot' stage, meaning several organizations are implementing the technical specifications and testing the code and the processes to be supported.  Included in the pilot stage are:

- California Community Colleges

- Credentials Solutions

- Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

- National Student Clearinghouse

- Parchment

- University of Phoenix

​2) The Global Institution Code  is in 'proof of concept'.  This proof of concept entails establishment of a unique Global Institution Code using seven (7) digits:

- Two (2) digit ISO country code, plus

- Five (5) digit automated alphanumeric code

To test this approach and underlying methodology, the Workgroup is assigning this unique Global Institution Code to institutions in the following countries:

- China
- France
- India
- New Zealand
- Poland
- UK

Results of this proof of concept will be analyzed and evaluated by the Workgroup to determine how successful this methodology is and how to best proceed.

The Workgroup is also expanding membership and opening participation to all stakeholders with interest in this topic through quarterly conference call meetings as interest now includes:

- Brazil

- Canada

- Netherlands

- Peoples' Republic of China, province of Taiwan

- South Korea 

PESC Members Matthew Bemis of the University of Southern California and James Kelly of Educational Credential Evaluators are presenting Global Institution Code | Building Block of Interoperablity at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Groningen Declaration Network in Melbourne Australia.






At the PESC Spring 2017 Data Summit May 3 - 5, 2017 in Washington DC, a Steering Committee will be established to administer and run this initiative,comprised of representatives from: 


- AcademyOne

- Canadian PESC User Group

- Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

- Ellucian

- Groningen Declaration Network

- National Student Clearinghouse

- Parchment

- University of Southern California




Together, PESC Members identify,  develop, openly share and promote collaborative solutions that employ automated, reusable and sustainable technologies in order to improve institutional performance, to improve student service delivery, and to improve overall connectivity between stakeholders. 

In this spirit, PESC provides free access without charge to all PESC APPROVED STANDARDS, technical information and resources on this website for the education community and general public.

​PESC is the voice for the efficient and secure real-time exchange of student data from initial access of the student from high school into the college environment, through successful completion of the education experience and into the workforce.

Transparent collaboration is our cornerstone principle.  The sharing of ideas and best practices reminds us that while we work in a competitive environment, as stakeholders we must also cooperate and work together for the greater common good.  That greater common good is ensuring student achievement and progression along the education lifecycle and fostering a successful learning experience.  

​Powered by the strength and passion of volunteers from its membership base, PESC maintains a transparent, trusting, open and neutral environment.  With this unique community perspective, together we are breaking down all costly, proprietary barriers, and we have mapped out a common, strategic path for the future. 

This path for the future includes continued development of common data standards, establishment and support of data networks and infrastructure, common authentication and web services protocols enterprise-wide, seamless connections bridging postsecondary education systems to secondary and labor and workforce systems, and an eye on emerging technologies like social networking.

Together we are not only helping students across the country and all over the world, but with transparent collaboration as our cornerstone principle, we are supplying state administrators and government officials, researchers, CIOs, admissions officers, registrars, financial aid officers and architects the tools they need to do their jobs better.  

The political will and demand for improvement have never been greater and continue to increase with time as budgets tighten and common solutions like standardization are being viewed as wise, cost-saving investments. 

With membership and participation from all leading stakeholders in education technology, PESC serves as the umbrella organization to coordinate and advocate for student-centric data standardization and interoperability across the education lifecycle. 

We boldly accept that mission and work diligently to continue our proven record of success and achievement.  We now elevate the mission to the next level.




The proprietary and disjointed approach education has historically and traditionally taken toward entry and retrieval of student data is costly, unwieldy and ineffective. 

Now more than ever and combined with unprecedented public and private funding and political will, technologies that provide significant improvement in process, customer service, research, data integrity, cost containment and accountability are available.

PESC recommends its Approved Standards, provided free of charge, as a solution as with standard methods of communicating and transporting data, disparate software and systems can be still be synchronized harmoniously.

PESC Approved Standards, created with open and transparent development and approval processes, include data element names, definitions, code sets, implementation guides and technical instructions.  As a “best practices" model, they can be adopted by individual data systems and for exchange between data systems.

Student data will always originate from various sources and disparate   systems.  With PESC Approved Standards though, architects and IT directors can make sound decisions and rely on    a proven return on investment.  State administrators, admissions officers, registrars and business/financial aid officers can use and depend on the quality of student data. 

Data and software providers can meet the needs of users faster without worrying about multiple methods and costly proprietary formats.  Researchers can be more confident in the consistency    of results and improve data-driven decision-making and accuracy. 

By eliminating barriers, simplifying access, improving data quality, reducing cost, & bridging data gaps along the education lifecycle, a new level of efficiency emerges.  With its founding in 1997 by 29 leaders in education, PESC is powered by a strong membership that is dedicated to achieving its mission and  together we are transforming the education landscape.

​PESC is sponsored annually by Credentials Solutions, National Student Clearinghouse, Oracle and Parchment Inc.  

PESC partners include AACRAO, APEREO, ARUCC, EMREX, EWP, Groningen Declaration Network, Internet2, SHEEO, and the US Department of Education’s Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Initiative.
PESC is a proud exhibitor at AACRAO’s Annual Meeting and the Annual STATS-DC Conference of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the US Department of Education and is a proud Affiliate of the NCES National Forum on Education Statistics.
PESC is a proud sponsor of AIR’s Annual Conference and of the Annual California Electronic Transcripts Workshop and CCCApply.

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