WASHINGTON, DC and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.— (June 13, 2013)—AACRAO International Education Services (IES), and Parchment, the leader in eTranscript exchange with more than 7,400 member institutions, today announced that AACRAO IES has selected Parchment as its “Select Partner for Credential Exchange.” Parchment will serve as the eTranscript sending and receiving solution for AACRAO IES users.

AACRAO IES will combine its expertise in providing credential evaluations to individual, university and college, government and public sector users with Parchment’s easy-to-use eTranscript sending and receiving platform. The partnership will yield operational efficiencies that complement the ever increasing interest of those coming to the United States to continue their education. The combined solution will be available end of summer.

“United States Colleges and Universities that depend on the accuracy and authenticity of an individual’s international credentials have relied on AACRAO IES to interpret those documents for over twenty years. In order to continue to improve our service delivery we needed a technology partner whose system could help us provide greater efficiency and security,” said Jeff Petrucci, Associate Executive Director, International Initiatives. “Parchment’s eTranscript network of users closely mirrors AACRAO’s IES user database. The ease of the eTranscript service seemed a natural fit to AACRAO’s strategy going forward.”

AACRAO IES serves as a leader in credentials exchange and evaluation. The organization delivers in excess of 10,000 evaluations each year to 1,500 U.S. postsecondary institutions, associations, state board and US government entities, receiving transcripts from nearly 20,000 international schools, institutions and accrediting bodies. In combination with its subscription based Electronic Database for Graduate Education (EDGE) AACRAO IES is a complete resource for those serving the International community.

By utilizing the Parchment Exchange platform, AACRAO IES will be able to provide faster processing, higher levels of security and first-ever automation for transcript receivers. Completing the improvements with new tracking/ reporting and analytics capabilities from Parchment, the international transcript sending and receiving environment will operate more smoothly than ever before possible.

Parchment, trusted by the largest member user community in education, has exchanged more than 9 million transcripts, and counts institutions from almost 80 countries among its active members. The company built the Parchment Exchange platform to serve as a one-stop solution that puts equal emphasis on both sides of the eTranscript equation – sending and receiving. With features including touch-free, complete automation, the ability to work with any Student Information System (SIS) or Electronic Admissions Application (eApp) and the highest level of security for pdf and printed documents, Parchment makes the international transcript exchange process more straightforward.

“We’re understandably thrilled to have been selected by AACRAO IES as its Select Partner for Credential Exchange,” said Parchment CEO Matthew Pittinsky, Ph.D. “AACRAO is a critical resource for academic and enrollment services and serves the broadest international community of education admission and registration professionals. Like Parchment, AACRAO’s goal is to provide administrative solutions that ultimately allow educational institutions to focus on students and their success.”

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education admissions and registration professionals who represent more than 2,600 institutions and agencies in the United States and in over 40 countries around the world. The mission of AACRAO is to serve and advance higher education by providing leadership in academic and enrollment services.

AACRAO International Educational Services (IES) traces its roots to the AACRAO-USAID (US Agency for International Development) Cooperative Agreement whereby AACRAO provided evaluations of foreign educational credentials to USAID’s Academic Advisory Service on students receiving scholarships to attend US colleges and universities beginning in the 1960’s. With the cessation of the scholarship program in 1991, AACRAO opened the evaluation service to member institutions and the public.

About Parchment
Parchment is the leader in electronic transcript (eTranscript) exchange, allowing learners and institutions to collect, promote and share their education credentials in simple and secure ways. More than 7,400 active member high schools and postsecondary institutions, including 8 statewide initiatives, have exchanged more than 9 million transcripts using the Docufide by Parchment™ and Avow by Parchment™ SaaS platforms – now collectively known as Parchment Exchange. Founded in 2003, Parchment Inc. is a venture-backed company headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in Roseville, CA, Denver, CO and Washington, DC.

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