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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) consists of twelve (12) elected representatives from Member organizations (serving two year, staggered terms) and the President & CEO who together have overall authority to govern PESC and administer all corresponding policies and procedures. The Board of Directors abides by Roberts Rules of Order and the PESC Board Manual of Roles & Responsibilities; and meets monthly (virtually), in-person at annual Data Summits, and for its Annual Retreat each June. 

Canadian Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (CanPESC)

The Canadian Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (CanPESC) is an open, collaborative group of volunteer stakeholders ensuring PESC's Mission, PESC Approved Standards, Services and Technology support and incorporate the needs and interests of  Canadian students, institutions & stakeholders.  CanPESC operates as an open, transparent, collaborative and permanent committee of volunteers within PESC.  

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.

Gender Identity in Data Systems and Lifelong Learning Task Force

The Gender Identity in Data Systems and Lifelong Learning Task Force is an open, collaborative discussion group looking to provide education & information on gender identity, gender expression & sexual orientation and if needed, changes and updates to PESC Approved Standards.

Global Education Organization (GEO) Code User Group

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


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.

JSON-LD Transcript Development Workgroup

The JSON-LD Transcript Development Workgroup is an open, collaborative group focused on establishment, adoption & implementation of a PESC Approved Transcript Standard in JSON-LD Technology that can be used by institutions, state and provincial educational systems, employers, students, learners, vendors, service providers, federal agencies and all stakeholders in lifelong learning to facilitate the exchange of transcript data. 

Microcredentials in Data Systems Task Force

The Microcredentials in Data Systems Task Force

Standards Development Forum for Education

The Standards Development Forum for Education is comprised of all standards development workgroups, the Change Control Board and the Technical Advisory Board.  The Steering Committee oversees all activities of the Standards Forum and the Chair reports to the PESC Board of Directors.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Student Financial Aid in Data Systems Task Force

The Student Financial Aid in Data Systems Task Force


During the COVID19 Pandemic, several groups & initiatives were temporarily discontinued while several groups and initiatives adopted an inactive status.  The PESC Board of Directors will determine which groups and initiatives may be re-established.


Academic Credentialing and Experiential Learning Task Force

Chair: Alex Jackl, Bardic Systems 

Seal of Approval Board

Chair: Monterey Sims, University of Phoenix

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.


- Admissions Workgroup for the Standardization of Recruitment Data

Chair: Michael Hovland, University of Iowa

The workgroup 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.

- Competencies and Credentials User Group

Chair: Alex Jackl, Bardic Systems

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.

- Data Privacy and Protection Task Force

Chairs:  Julia Funaki, AACRAO; Doug Falk, National Student Clearinghouse

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.


​- Education Record User Group

Chairs:  Matt Bemis, University of Southern California; Jason Weaver, Parchment

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.​


Since 1997, PESC has hosted many groups and initiatives.  Some groups have morphed into other groups, while some accomplished their tasks and ended. and others were terminated due to lack of interest and/or funding.

- Admissions & Recruitment Standards Development Workgroup

- Common Identity & Trust Collaborative (CommIT)

- EducationPlan (EdPlan) Standards Development Workgroup

- EdUnify Task Force

- Electronic Authorization/Authentication (EA2) Task Force

- Student Aid Inquiry Standards Development Workgroup


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Foster 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 and standards

Promote innovative, collaborative

solutions that employ automated,

reusable and sustainable 

technologies and standards​​


Each  PESC GROUP focuses

on one common cause or interest.

include education leaders and experts 

spanning policy, practice and 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 April and October Data Summits.

participation is open and available

to representatives of

PESC Member organizations 

(in good standing).​

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