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HR Open Standards | PESC Partner
PESC Annual Diamond Sponsor Parchment
Erasmus Without Paper | PESC Partner

MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS. ONE VISION.

EMREX | PESC Partner
DegreeData | PESC Annual Gold Sponsor | Fall 2019 Data Summit Sponsor | Montreal | Oct 22 - 25, 2019
PESC Annual Diamond Sponsor Digitary
Access 4 Learning | PESC Partner in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary & Postsecondary Education Data Standardization
Common Education Data Standards CEDS | National Center for Education Statistics NCES | PESC Partner

THE VALUE OF STANDARDS

Data standards are traditionally set through three main methods:


1. through product or service or vendor domination in a specific market, sector or network


2.  by mandate through a governmental or authoritative body, agency, statute, regulation or law


3.  through a voluntary, consensus-based approach with an open, transparent and collaborative process


A voluntary consensus-based approach to data standards is the most successful method.  A groundbreaking report from the Delphi Group in 2003, from which PESC based most of its strategy and operations, highlights the value of standards and key factors on community views and perceptions of standards bodies.


Electronic Transcript Exchange:  Benefits and Experiences of Early Postsecondary Adopters

Eduventures, October 2012


Value of Standards

Delphi Group, 2003


Value of Standards in Indiana

Indiana Commission for Higher Education


Certification

Andrew Updegrove


A Business Case for the Electronic Exchange of Student Records

SPEEDE/ExPRESS, April 1997



What is a voluntary consensus standard?


​For some, voluntary consensus standard (also called Non-Government Standard) is a statutory or regulatory obligation.  For others, the term ‘voluntary’ creates a perception of a wide-open, unstandardized market in which closed, proprietary applications and services reign; and access and control of data, serve as the value propositions to attract customers and clients.

The most important concepts to understand about voluntary consensus standards:


  1. - Voluntary consensus standards refer to data to be exchanged, shared, reported, sold and/or licensed between at least two separate and independent parties.

  2. - While the value of voluntary consensus standards lies in the open, transparent, neutral and balanced process in place in the user community to participate (equally), develop, produce and maintain a standard, the value proposition is based in costs-savings, return on investment, improved data quality and efficiencies gained in overall data management and service delivery.

  3. - Federal rules and regulations clearly articulate the roles and responsibilities for all Federal agencies with regard to voluntary consensus standards and Government-Unique Standards, including annual reporting to the Department of Commerce.

  4. - Voluntary consensus standards are governed by standards-setting bodies that operate on a voluntary consensus-based model.

  5. - A voluntary consensus standard can be mandated or required by an authoritative entity and emerges as a best practice model.

  6. - A Government-Unique or proprietary standard can become a voluntary consensus standard.


The U.S. General Accounting Office describes voluntary consensus standard in a summary of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) https://www.gao.gov/new.items/rc00122t.pdf:

“Government standards are developed by individual federal agencies for their own use. Although unique government standards sometimes are appropriate, such as standards for certain specialized military equipment, in other cases, a voluntary standard would suffice. This creates duplication for industry, which may have to provide two lines of production to meet both government and private needs and can put U.S. companies at a disadvantage in international trade.”

The major challenge for standards-development bodies and standards-setting bodes, like PESC, is maintaining a trusted, open, transparent, neutral, balanced and free voluntary consensus standard that in essence “levels the playing field,” while simultaneously promoting innovation in a market that may perceive the voluntary consensus standard as merely anti-competitive or optional compared to other technical standards.


From a Federal Agency perspective, there may be a lack of confidence in the utility, timeliness and sustainability of a voluntary standard and inconsistence guidance in existing statute, rules and regulations.







 

1Q4 & National Student Clearinghouse | 1st Place Winners in PESC's 18th Annual Best Practices Competition


Unlock the Mobility of Education Data with PESC Approved Standards​ , Technology & Services


1st PLACE WINNERS FOR 2017

Peter Meehan of iQ4 and Doug Falk of National Student Clearinghouse receiving 1st Place Award in 18th Annual Best Practices May 3, 2017.


21st Annual

Best Practices Competition

1st PLACE WINNER FOR 2020


HR Open Standards

Recruiting Specification








Promoting Innovation & Ingenuity
In the Application & Implementation
of Interoperable Data Standards
For Business Needs


22nd Annual Best Practices Competition

The PESC 22nd Annual Best Practices Competition recognizes, highlights and promotes innovation and ingenuity in the application and implementation of interoperable data standards for business needs. 


First held in 1999 and awarded to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) for its submission, "Model of an Electronic Standardization Initiative: Ontario Universities Electronic Transcript (OUETS) System," the Annual Best Practices 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, white papers, pilots and demonstrations. 


The PESC 22nd Annual Best Practices Competition is open for submissions through Friday April 17, 2021.  Submissions can/may include documentation, artifacts and descriptions of the scope of a project, participants and partners, types of standards employed, relevant dates and project milestones, copies of articles (if an article submission), outline of mission/objectives and any related statistics (# of transactions transmitted, estimated cost savings, etc.).


​​Develop Collaborative, 
Real Solutions 
 

Maximize Automated, Reusable & 
Sustainable Technologies


Improve Institutional Performance, 
Student & Service Delivery, and Overall Connectivity 
Between Stakeholders


The 22nd Annual Best Practices Competition for 2020/2021 is open. All entries and submissions should be submitted by April 17, 2021 to Michael.Sessa@PESC.org or at:

Michael Sessa

President & CEO

PESC

1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW  Suite 700

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 Meeting held in Washington DC at the Dupont Circle Hotel, and the award ceremony will be made during the General Session.


PESC Member | Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) | PESC Members Make Education Standards Free and Open. Join PESC Today! PESC 20th Annual Best Practices Competition | Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) | 1st Place Award Winner 2019

BEST PRACTICES


NEW

APRIL 20, 2020

HR Open Standards Awarded '1st Place' in PESC's 21st Annual Best Practices Competition for Recruiting Specification

 

MAY 3, 2019

The Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) Awarded '1st Place' in PESC's 20th Year Anniversary Best Practices Award for MyTranscripts | Nova Scotia's Electronic Transcript & Data Exchange System 


MAY 3, 2019

Favorite 'Past' Best Practice: 17th Automating Reverse Transfer for the State of Tennessee & AcademyOne Voted Favorite!


JULY 25, 2018

Dr. Ken Sauer of Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) Presents "One State, Two Initiatives: Indiana's Embrace of e-Transcripts and Credential Engine' at U.S. NCES STATS-DC Annual Conference July 25-27, 2018


​​​APRIL 30, 2018
Indiana Commission for Higher Education Wins 1st Place in PESC 19th Annual Best Practices Competition 2018 for "One State, Two Initiatives:  Indiana's Embrace of e-Transcripts and Credential Engine"


​​​APRIL 17, 2017

iQ4 and National Student Clearinghouse Win 1st Place in PESC 18th Annual Best Practices Competition


APRIL 12, 2016

University of Tennessee System & AcademyOne Win 1st Place in PESC 17th Annual Best Practices 


APRIL 27, 2015

Elon University and Parchment Win 1st Place in 16th Annual Best Practices 


2014

University of Phoenix Wins 1st Place in PESC 15th Annual Best Practices 


2013

OCAS Wins 1st Place in PESC 14th Annual Best Practices 


2011

South Carolina Wins 1st Place in PESC 12th Annual Best Practices 


2010

College Foundation of North Carolina Wins 1st Place in PESC 11th Annual Best Practices 


2009

California Community Colleges/XAP & University System of Georgia Board of Regents Win 1st Place in PESC 10th Annual Best Practices 


2008
Sinclair Community College & Wainwright State University Win 1st Place in PESC Best Practices

2007
DQC - Data Quality Campaign Wins 1st Place in PESC Best Practices

2006
National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs Wins 1st Place in PESC Best Practices 

2005
FSA - Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education Wins 1st Place in PESC Best Practices

2004
Access 4 Learning Wins 1st Place in PESC Best Practices

2003
ELM Resources & NCHELP Win 1st Place in PESC Best Practices

2002
National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs Wins 1st Place in PESC Best Practices

2001
University of Northern Iowa Wins 1st Place in PESC Best Practices

1999/2000
OUAC - Ontario Universities' Application Centre Wins 1st Place in PESC Best Practices








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Indiana Commission for Higher Education | 1st Place Winner in PESC's 19th Annual Best Practices Competition for Use of PESC and Credential Engine
PESC Member | Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) | PESC Members Make Education Standards Free and Open. Join PESC Today! PESC 20th Annual Best Practices Competition | Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) | 1st Place Award Winner 2019
PESC Member | Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) | PESC Members Make Education Standards Free and Open. Join PESC Today! PESC 20th Annual Best Practices Competition | Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) | 1st Place Award Winner 2019


21st 1st Place winner

2019 2020

HR Open Standards

Recruiting Specification/Candidate


20th 1st Place Winner

2018 2019

Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer

(NSCAT)

MyTranscripts | Nova Scotia's Electronic Transcript &

Data Exchange System


19th 1st Place Winner

2017 2018​

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

One State, Two Initiatives:

Indiana's Embrace of e-Transcripts & Credential Engine


18th 1st Place Winner

2016 2017

iQ4 & National Student Clearinghouse

Extending the Capacity of Higher Education to Scale

the Output of Verified Workforce-Ready Graduates


17th 1st Place Winner

2015 2016

University of Tennessee System & AcademyOne

Automating Reverse Transfer for the

State of Tennessee

16th 1st Place Winner

2014 2015

Elon University & Parchment

Elon Experiences Transcript and Integration

to the Academic Transcript


15th 1st Place Winner

2013 2014

University of Phoenix

eTAPS Electronic Transcript Acquisition Process

14th 1st Place Winner

2012 2013

OCAS

Implementation of High School Transcript

13th 1st Place Winner

2011 2012

NCES - National Center for Education Statistics

U.S. Department of Education

Common Education Data Standards

(CEDS)

12th 1st Place Winner

2010 2011

South Carolina & AcademyOne

SC-TRAC Transfer & Articulation Center

11st 1st Place Winner

2009 2010

College Foundation of North Carolina

Electronic High School Transcript System


10th 1st Place Winners

2008 2009

California Community Colleges & XAP

and

University System of Georgia Board of Regents

California eTranscript  

and

Implementation of High School and

​Postsecondary XML Transcripts


9th 1st Place Winner

2007 2008

Sinclair Community College &

Wainwright State University

Exchange of Electronic Transcripts

via Ohio Board of Regents

Articulation & Transfer Clearinghouse


8th 1st Place Winner

2006 2007

DQC - Data Quality Campaign

​Longitudinal Education Data Systems

Using Data to Improve Student Achievements


7th 1st Place Winner

2005 2006

National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs

Common Record: CommonLine (CRC) Beta Test


6th 1st Place Winner

2004 2005

FSA - Federal Student Aid

U.S. Department of Education

XML Registry & Repository for Education


5th 1st Place Winner

2003 2004

Access 4 Learning

SIFA Specification


4th 1st Place Winners

2002 2003

ELM Resources & NCHELP

ELMnet & Meteor


3rd 1st Place Winner

2001 2002

National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs

Common Account Maintenance (CAM)


2nd 1st Place Winner

20002001

University of Northern Iowa

EDI Bridge


1st 1st Place Winner

1999 2000

OUAC - Ontario Universities' Application Centre

Model of Electronic Standardization Initiative:

Ontario Universities Electronic Transcript System (OUETS)








 

PESC Member | Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) | PESC Members Make Education Standards Free and Open. Join PESC Today! PESC 20th Annual Best Practices Competition | Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) | 1st Place Award Winner 2019
PESC - HOME - Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council | Data Standards, Digital Data and Records Exchange, XML, JSON, JSON-LD, Electronic Data Interchange EDI, Voluntary Consensus Standards, Education's Standards-Setting Body, PK20W Education Standards Council | Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) Program | Interoperable Learning Records (ILR) Program

​​​​PESC Best Practices

21st Annual Best Practices Competition


1st PLACE WINNER FOR 2019

Ruth Blades of NSCAT receiving 1st Place Award in 20th Annual Best Practices October 23, 2019 in Montreal.

1st PLACE WINNER FOR 2018

Dr. Ken Sauer, Tari Lambert & Jillian Scholten of ICHE receiving 1st Place Award in 19th Annual Best Practices May 2, 2018.

Indiana Commission for Higher Education | 1st Place Winner in PESC's 19th Annual Best Practices Competition for Use of PESC and Credential Engine
PESC Member | Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) | PESC Members Make Education Standards Free and Open. Join PESC Today! PESC 20th Annual Best Practices Competition | Nova Scotia Council on Admission & Transfer (NSCAT) | 1st Place Award Winner 2019
Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada | PESC Partner
The T3 Innovation Network Building off of existing initiatives, the T3 Innovation Network is exploring the emerging technologies and standards in the talent marketplace to better align student, workforce, and credentialing data with the needs of the new economy.
PESC - HOME - Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council | Data Standards, Digital Data and Records Exchange, XML, JSON, JSON-LD, Electronic Data Interchange EDI, Voluntary Consensus Standards, Education's Standards-Setting Body, PK20W Education Standards Council | Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) Program | Interoperable Learning Records (ILR) Program
PESC Annual Silver Sponsor ECE - Educational Credential Evaluators

POSTSECONDARY ELECTRONIC STANDARDS  COUNCIL

PESC Annual Diamond Sponsor National Student Clearinghouse
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers | PESC Partner
Groningen Declaration Network | PESC Partner