National University Launches Blockchain Initiative to Make Academic Records More Accessible to Learners and Employers
Pioneering California university will pilot free, blockchain-secured digital transcripts to position students for career and academic success
National University, a nonprofit institution with a 50-year history of serving veterans, educators and working adults, announced the launch of an ambitious new blockchain technology pilot designed to make transcripts and academic records more easily accessible and portable for students. Learners will now be able to access a secure digital locker—at any time and on any mobile or internet-connected device—that allows them to verify and share credentials with prospective employers and other educational institutions.
“The pandemic has brought a heightened sense of urgency to increasing affordability while forging stronger connections between the educational experience, the workforce, and lifelong learning—and that includes giving students greater control of their credentials,” said Dr. David Andrews, president of National University. “This work is about unlocking greater value from our programs for lifelong learning and making our students and their credentials more discoverable to prospective employers.”
Through a partnership with Dallas-based GreenLight Credentials, a leader in blockchain technology and digital credentials, National University will now offer a pilot group of 300 students free access to their educational transcripts through a secure digital locker during their studies at the university, with plans to expand the service to more current and former students over time.
The innovative service will help to streamline the process of career search, graduate school and scholarship applications, and credit transfer by reducing wait times and cost typically associated with requesting records from the institution. Colleges and universities typically charge fees for copies of paper-based and digital transcripts, with some even placing a hold on providing information to students with outstanding fees. Each year, National University processes more than 30,000 requests for transcript verification or other academic records.
“Blockchain technology holds transformative potential to simplify the process of accessing and verifying academic records for learners, employers and institutions,” said Manoj Kutty, founder and CEO of GreenLight Credentials. “This shift will empower learners with their own academic records and credentials and demonstrate the value of their academic experiences to succeed in the world of work and lifelong learning.”
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