22nd 1st Place Winners

20202021


ARUCC Executive Committee

MyCreds | MesCertif

for Mobile Learner


EMREX Executive Committee

EMREX

for Network Technology


Groningen Declaration Network

GDN T.R.U.S.T. Hub

for Administrative Trust


21st 1st Place Winner

2019 2020

HR Open Standards

Recruiting Specification/Candidate


20th 1st Place Winner

2018 2019

Council on Admission & Transfer for Nova Scotia

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

&

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)








 

GDN TRUST Hub Awarded 1st Place in PESC 22nd Annual Best Practices for Administrative Trust

​​​​​Annual Best Practices

22nd Annual Best Practices Competition

1st PLACE WINNER FOR 2019

Ruth Blades of CATNS 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
GDN TRUST Hub Awarded 1st Place in PESC 22nd Annual Best Practices for Administrative Trust

NEWS


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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EMREX Awarded 1st Place in PESC 22nd Annual Best Practices for Network Technology
1st Place Winner in PESC's 20th Annual Best Practices Competition
PESC Annual Best Practices Competition


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
MyCreds | MesCertif Awarded 1st Place in PESC 22nd Annual Best Practices for Mobile Learner
EMREX Awarded 1st Place in PESC 22nd Annual Best Practices for Network Technology

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.

MyCreds | MesCertif Awarded 1st Place in PESC 22nd Annual Best Practices for Mobile Learner

23rd Annual Best Practices Competition


The PESC 23rd Annual Best Practices Competition recognizes, highlights and promotes innovation and ingenuity in the application and implementation of interoperable data standards for business needs. 


The 1st Best Practices Competition, held in 1999, was 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 (colleges, universities), 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 (e.g. published articles, white papers, pilots, demonstrations and implementations).


The PESC 23rd Annual Best Practices Competition is open for submissions through April 1, 2022.  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 23rd Annual Best Practices Competition for 2021/2022 is open. All entries and submissions should be submitted by April 1, 2022 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.



About Expanded Best Practices


1) Three separate categories of Best Practices are open for submissions (by region, by role, by technology).


2) Awards may be made each year for each of the three separate categories; and multiple awards may be made each year under each category.


3) The PESC Board Review Committee may determine that no award be made in a given year under one or more categories.




​Hallmarks of Best Practices


While innovation and meeting customer needs will continue to ensure the rapid evolution of systems, applications, networks,  products and services, those PESC recognizes as 'Best Practice' all share the use and inclusion of:



Common Data Standards


Unique Identifiers and Standardized Code Sets


Quality Control Measures


Controlled Access and Security


Comprehensive Management Support


Flexibility and Scalability


Student/Learner-Centric


Formal Data Governance



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