1250 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20036
+1(202)261-6514

Frequently Asked Questions


What is PESC?
PESC, the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based, umbrella association of colleges and universities; professional and commercial organizations; data, software and service providers; non-profit associations; and state and federal government agencies. PESC's mission is to lead the establishment and adoption of data exchange standards in education and PESC serves as a standards-setting body. The goals of the mission are to enable the improvement of institutional performance and foster collaboration across educational communities in order to lower costs, improve service, and attain system interoperability.

What is XML?

eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is

What is EDI?

Should an organization implement EDI or XML?

What are standards and what benefits do they provide?

What is interoperability?

What standards does PESC approve?

How are standards set?

How are standards chosen for development?

What is Core Main and how is it different from a Sector Library?


PESC, the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based, umbrella association of colleges and universities; professional and commercial organizations; data, software and service providers; and state and federal government agencies. PESC's mission is to lead the establishment and adoption of data exchange standards in education and PESC serves as a standards-setting organization. The goals of the mission are to enable the improvement of institutional performance and foster collaboration across educational communities in order to lower costs, improve service, and attain system interoperability.