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Best Practices Competition

Elon University and Parchment Awarded 1st Place in PESC 16th Annual Best Practices Competition for 2014!
Click here to see the winning submission
Elon Experiences Transcript and Integration to the Academic Transcript

Now in its 17th year, the Best Practices Competition is held to highlight and promote innovation and ingenuity in the application and implementation of interoperable data standards for business needs. First held in 1999, the Competition is open to institutions, associations, organizations, government agencies and departments, districts, consortia, non-profit and commercial service providers and other education stakeholders that have collaborated to design and/or adopt an electronic standardization initiative via a specific implementation, and/or other medium such as, but not limited to, published articles and white papers.

The 17th Annual Best Practices Competition for 2015 is open for submissions until close of business Monday April 1, 2016. Documents detailing the scope of a project, participants, type of standards employed, relevant dates of project milestones, copies of articles (if an article submission), outline of mission/objectives and any related statistics (number of transactions transmitted, estimated cost savings, etc.) should be included in the submission.


  • Standardization of data definitions
  • Standardization of data formats or transmission protocols
  • Articles on benefits of standardization
  • Demonstrations or pilot programs utilizing data standards
  • Initiatives moving from a paper process to electronic delivery using an electronic standard

All entries should be submitted by April 1, 2016 to Michael.Sessa@PESC.org or at:

Michael Sessa
President & CEO
1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20036

All entries will be judged by the PESC Board of Directors. First place and those receiving special recognition will be notified immediately by PESC, an official public announcement will be made immediately before PESC's Spring Data Summit and the award presentation will be made during the general session of the Data Summit.




Elon University & Parchment
Elon Experiences Transcript and Integration to the Academic Transcript



University of Phoenix
eTAP (Electronic Transcript Acquisition Process)

OCAS - Ontario College Application Service

NCES - U.S. National Center for Education Statistics

South Carolina
Transfer & Articulation Center

College Foundation of North Carolina
Electronic High School Transcript System

California Community College System
California Statewide Electronic Exchange Program (CCCTran)
University System of Georgia Board of Regents
Implementation of High School and Postsecondary XML Transcripts

Sinclair Community College and Wright State University
Exchange of Electronic Transcripts via Ohio Board of Regents Articulation and Transfer Clearinghouse

Data Quality Campaign (DQC)
Using Data to Improve Student Achievement

NCHELP Electronic Standards Committee (ESC)
CRC Beta Test
CRC Beta Test Process
Closed Beta Test Issues
CRC Industry Testing Functions Matrix
CRC Beta Presentation

U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA)
XML Registry and Repository for the Education Community
XML Registry and Repository User Guide

SIF Association (SIFA)
SIF Specification

ELMNet and Meteor
ELM Resources - ELMNet and NCHELP Meteor Advisory Team - Meteor
ELMNet and Meteor

NCHELP Electronic Standards Committee (ESC)
Common Account Maintenance

University of Northern Iowa
EDI Bridge

Ontario Universities' Application Centre
A Model of an Electronic Standardization Initiative


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