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Who We Are



ADVOCATES | STAKEHOLDERS | DATA CHAMPIONS


The Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) is an open standards-development and open standards-setting body (governed by a voluntary, consensus-based model), funded  independently by annual membership dues and meetings & sponsorships - enabling PESC to support, publish and maintain PESC Approved Standards and technical information free and without charge.




ESTABLISHED IN 1997

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Established in 1997 at The National Center for Higher Education at One Dupont Circle NW in Washington, D.C., PESC operates as an international 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based, umbrella association headquartered in Washington, D.C. of:


-  Data, Software, Technology Service Providers & Vendors

-  Colleges, Universities, Schools & Districts

-  College, University & State/Provincial Systems

-  Local, State/Provincial & Federal Government Offices

-  Professional, Commercial & Non-Profit Organizations

-  Non-Profit Associations & Foundations​​




OUR MISSION


PESC leads the establishment and  adoption of trusted, free and open data standards across the education domain.

  
Through open, transparent, collaborative community participation and based on a voluntary consensus-based model, PESC Approved Standards enable 
cost-effective connectivity between data systems, networks and applications in order to:


- accelerate performance and service


- simplify data access and research


- improve data quality along the learner lifecycle.



OUR VISION


PESC envisions complete, global connectivity within and throughout the education domain supported by a trustworthy, digital network built by, for and among all education sectors enabling necessary data to flow automatically and seamlessly from one network, system or application to another when and where needed without compatibility barriers, but through a safe, secure, reliable, legal and efficient platform.​



GOALS OF THE MISSION


PROMOTION  promoting benefits of lifelong student-/learner-centric design, standards-based data models, hub and spoke models, federated identity models, directory-based services and digital data exchange projects and initiatives.


COLLABORATION  advocating for open, transparent collaboration and forums across all stakeholders and competitors in education and workforce.



OPTIMIZATION  ensuring focus on institutional and ecosystem performance, overall data quality, sustainable best practices, cost efficiency.


IMPLEMENTATION  simplifying access to all data standards and supporting data standards projects and initiatives.



EDUCATION  communicating and sharing information and education on emerging technologies, successful implementations of standards and pilot projects, and other factors that affect technology, systems and standards.


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​​​​​​About Us

Community Sourced.  Member Driven.


PESC APPROVED STANDARDS

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PESC Approved Standards, Technology and Services are

community-sourced & driven by PESC serving as an: 


- Incubator

- Standards-development body

- Standards-setting body


​​that pilots & launches data standards using an open, transparent and collaborative process; that governs resource mapping and maintenance of education ecosystem taxonomies, schemas and shared code sets in various technologies (e.g. EDI, XML, PDF, JSON) produced and released as PESC Approved Standards.  


PESC Approved Standards are platform, system & application neutral; adopted & integrated in systems, networks, applications, products services; support a transaction or business process, and; can be used or implemented one independently from another.​​​​



ABOUT PRIVACY


​​While PESC promotes the implementation and usage of data standards, PESC does not set (create or establish) policies related to data privacy, protection and security.


Organizations and entities using PESC Approved Standards, Technology and Services should ensure they comply with GDPR, FERPA and all local, state, federal and international rules on data privacy, protection and security as applicable.​​​



Leading the Establishment & Adoption of Trusted, Free & Open Data Standards

Across the Education Domain Since 1997

Free & Open Data Standards Development

PESC’s standards development model welcomes the entire community 

to help develop lifelong data standards!



PESC Workgroups (or Standards Development Workgroups) looking to produce  a PESC Approved Standard – XML, JSON, JSON-LD, etc., are fully free and open, meaning everyone can participate whether a PESC Member or not.

Eligibility to serve as Chair (or Co-Chair) and the right to vote on the Workgroup, however, is only available to PESC Member organizations on the Workgroup.

As PESC relies on Members to help fund and drive PESC, reserving leadership roles and voting rights for PESC Members – the stakeholders most likely to adopt and implement standards – provides a fairer and more equitable voice.

PESC looks to capture the best wisdom and intelligence from the broadest group within the community to inform its development process, and thereby produce more robust, usable, ‘lifelong learning’ data standards.

Prohibiting non-Member organizations and stakeholders from participating and contributing ideas and efforts,  when they are willing to but not yet ready to become a Member, does not serve PESC or the community.

With this PESC Workgroup model, the entire community is now welcome and able to participate in PESC Workgroups and the mission of data standardization can now be adopted broadly and widely. 

PESC Members continue to serve as the leaders and funders of PESC, enabling PESC to offer all data standards free and without charge.




​PESC leads

the establishment and adoption of trusted, free and open data standards across the education domain by serving as an ​​open standards-development and

open standards-setting body.



PESC IS A PROUD MEMBER or AFFILIATE



AACRAO


GRONINGEN DECLARATION NETWORK


NATIONAL FORUM ON EDUCATION STATISTICS

NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


T3 INNOVATION NETWORK

U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION





PESC IS SPONSORED ANNUALLY BY

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ACADEMYONE


NATIONAL STUDENT CLEARINGHOUSE


PARCHMENT


EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATORS





PESC IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF



AIR ANNUAL CONFERENCE


ANNUAL CALIFORNIA ELECTRONIC

TRANSCRIPTS WORKSHOP

& CCCAPPLY







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PESC IS A PROUD EXHIBITOR AT 



AACRAO ANNUAL CONFERENCE


ARUCC ANNUAL CONFERENCE


STATS-DC CONFERENCE 
NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION​





PESC PARTNERS INCLUDE

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AACRAO


APEREO


ARUCC


ACCESS 4 LEARNING (A4L) COMMUNITY


COMMON EDUCATION DATA STANDARDS


CREDENTIAL ENGINE


DATA STANDARDS UNITED


DXTERA INSTITUTE


EMREX


ERASMUS WITHOUT PAPER


GRONINGEN DECLARATION NETWORK


HR OPEN STANDARDS


SHEEO


​T3 INNOVATION NETWORK







​In fulfilling its non-profit mission, PESC makes all PESC APPROVED STANDARDS and

technical information available to the education community online free of charge.​​

PESC | MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS. ONE VISION.

Become a PESC Member Today!

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PESC Members

desire to improve their systems and technology, seek open and transparent collaboration, are dedicated to solving industry-shared problems,  and value education on emerging initiatives and disruptive technologies.

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