Each  PESC GROUP focuses

on one common cause or interest.

include education leaders & experts 

spanning policy, practice & technology

working together through PESC 

in 'co-opetition' - that is

'cooperation among competitors'.

meetings are held regularly weekly, monthly and/or quarterly by voice and/or by webinar;
while they convene in-person 

at Spring and Fall Data Summits.

participation is open and available

to representatives of

PESC Member organizations 

(in good standing).​

​​​Groups & Initiatives

Boards, Task Forces, User Groups & Workgroups


This table details all active PESC GROUPS AND COMMITTEES, providing a listing of each along with their corresponding mission statements, chair(s) and meeting schedules.  All groups and committees are chaired by PESC Members and participation in all groups and committees is limited to PESC Members, except Academic Credentialing & Experiential Learning, Canadian PESC User Group, GEO Code Workgroup & JSON Task Force, in which participation is open and offered free of charge to the general public.



Admissions, Standardization of Recruitment Data

is an open, collaborative development group whose goals include standardization  of recruitment data from vendors and providing tools and resources campuses can use to improve the quality and usefulness of vendor data imported to their databases.

Michael Hovland

University of Iowa

Susan McCrackin

College Board


3rd Thursdays

3pm EST

Board of Directors

​The Board of Directors consists of twelve (12) elected representatives from Member organizations and the President & CEO who together have overall authority to determine PESC policies.  The Board of Directors may direct the President & CEO to initiate, organize and carry out all operations, functions and events, as it may from time to time deem appropriate for the purposes of gathering, coordinating, disseminating and analyzing information and statistics it deems relevant to PESC. The Board of Directors may establish workgroups and other Committees, which it may deem appropriate to make such findings, reports and perform such duties as the Board of Directors may designate.

Jim Kelly



3rd Thursdays

1pm EST

Canadian PESC User Group

CanPESC looks to ensure that all PESC development and deliverables support & incorporate Canadian-based stakeholder interests; encourages participation in PESC development efforts and groups; and promotes and educates Canadian stakeholders on the importance of data exchange standards and global interoperability.

Cathy van Soest


Doug Holmes



2nd Thursdays

Noon EST

Change Control Board
The CCB governs the establishment and management of data elements, core components, taxonomies, schemas and code sets; authorizes all changes and updates to any and all PESC APPROVED STANDARDS; and is comprised of PESC members appointed by the Board of Directors.

Kristi Blabaum




11am EST

Competemnice & Credentials User Group

While policy leaders continue to drive and facilitate the transformation of credentialing, this task force is monitoring this transformation and community progress in order to prepare PESC for any new standards as well as any extensions or additions that might be needed to existing PESC APPROVED STANDARDS.

Alex Jackl

Bardic Systems

Joellen Shendy


Data Privacy & Protection Task Force

The Data Protection & Privacy Task Force is an open collaborative group ​spanning policy, practice & technology serving as in information clearinghouse for the education community focused on technical implementation of data privacy & protection rules and regulations​ensuring PESC is prepared for any corresponding standards development and maintenance of PESC APPROVED STANDARDS.

Doug Falk


Julia Funaki


Education Record User Group
ERUG governs all admissions and registrar-based PESC APPROVED STANDARDS including XML, EDI, PDF and others works closely to guide all agreed-upon changes through the CCB and TAB; and is comprised of PESC members appointed by the Board of Directors.​

Matt Bemis
Jason Weaver


11am EST

EdExchange User Group

EdExchange looks to establish a data exchange platform enabling the electronic exchange of standards-based data and digital documents.  Achieved through an open web services architecture and associated standards, EdExchange is designed as a peer-to-peer network providing a secure, reliable and direct connection between institutions avoiding file-based technologies.

Mark Cohen
California Community



4pm EST

Global Education Organization Code Workgroup

The Global Education Organization (GEO) Workgroup looks to establish a standardized methodology in order to develop a global directory service of institution and education organization codes.

Matt Bemis


​Jim Kelly




1pm EST

JSON-LD Task Force

PESC launched the JSON Task Force in 2017 to investigate and determine PESC's approach to JSON.  In 2018, PESC and A4L joined forces in an attempt to provide a unified strategy and approach to JSON across education.  At the Fall 2018 Data Summit, Credential Engine joined the Task Force to help lead the path toward JSON-LD.

Michael Morris



1st Mondays

4pm EST

Seal of Approval Board

The SAB governs the voluntary program offered for implementers of PESC APPROVED STANDARDS to indicate a uniform level of implementation according to the original intent and spirt of development efforts.  The SAB follows a formal process governed by specific policies and procedures, and is comprised of PESC members appointed by the Board of Directors.

Monterey Sims

University of Phoenix


1st Thursdays

Noon EST

Standards Development Forum

The Forum, governed by a Steering Committee, oversees and houses all development efforts (XML, JSON, PDF, EDI) and workgroups and is comprised of PESC members appointed by the Board of Directors.​

Susan McCrackin

College Board


2nd Fridays

11am EST

Technical Advisory Board

The TAB is responsible for updating and maintain all PESC technical specifications; for providing guidance and research on technical and architectural issues related to standards development in various technologies; and is comprised of PESC members appointed by the Board of Directors.

Michael Morris




11am EST


FFoster collaboration 

across educational sectors to 

solve industry-shared problems 

Strive to bring much needed

clarity and coherence to the

education ecosystem

Educate and inform 

on current initiatives and

emerging best practices impacting 

technology & standards

Promote innovative, collaborative

solutions that employ automated,

reusable and sustainable 

technologies and standards​​

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