Parchment Offers Colleges Full Integration Support For Industry-Leading Student Information Systems - Tech Learning

Parchment Offers Colleges Full Integration Support For Industry-Leading Student Information Systems

Timely data-driven decision-making is the key to improving school business and student outcomes, yet K-12 and higher education institutions often lack data systems that easily "communicate" with one another and provide quick access to the information needed. Student information systems and other school data management systems have varying standards and formats, and each institution has its own business rules and policies governing how to handle specific situations and information queries, making it difficult to share information in a few clicks. With a new partnership between Parchment and IData, schools and colleges can send and receive transcript and other education credentials data in the format they prefer, and manage the processes from within their student information system, including many of the popular systems in use today such as Jenzabar, Datatel and PeopleSoft. Docufide by Parchment is offered in a free version for K-12 schools and colleges to use to send and receive electronic transcripts.
Publish date:

IData Partnership Combines Largest e-Transcript Solution Docufide with Middleware Client to Provide Unparalleled Integration and Automated Data Transfer, Reducing Administrative Burden

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 21, 2012) – Transmitting transcript and other education credentials data between disparate student information systems often creates headaches and delays for college administrators. Through a new partnership with IData, Parchment Inc. is simplifying transcript and credential data exchange for higher education institutions. The education credentials pioneer has teamed up with IData to integrate transcript exchange processes into college student information systems (SIS), including market leaders Jenzabar, Datatel, and Oracle PeopleSoft, among many others.

The partnership enables colleges and universities to send and receive transcript data from Docufide® by Parchment™ in their preferred data format and easily manage the process from within their SIS, reducing the need for active staff management. By integrating Docufide into its SIS, an institution can process requests based on existing SIS business rules, including automated approval or hold. In cases where an exception such as a transcript hold or error prevents automated action, the solution sends a notification to review the request. Staff can then evaluate and process the requests on a case-by-case basis. The new solution produces efficient transcript fulfillment services for students while freeing up staff to address critical admissions and enrollment needs.

“Many student information systems have different data standards and rules, which creates a challenge for importing and exporting data to and from external sources,” said Matthew Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment. “Not only is our integrated solution a time-saver, it also ensures timely access to credentials data to support data-driven decision-making among college administrators.”

Docufide is a leading e-transcript service for colleges and universities, including Capella University, California Polytechnic State University, and City Colleges of Chicago. The solution enables the secure, rapid exchange of millions of electronic transcripts and other student records for colleges, with trading partners such as schools, state education agencies, scholarship organizations and individuals. IDataHub is a middleware client that resides within an institution’s network, providing a secure and audited layer between Docufide and a school’s student information system. The IDataHub is built to be a lean, robust tool that provides a simple, true end-to-end integration.

“Parchment is a natural partner for IData because of its like-minded mission for helping higher education institutions maximize the effectiveness of their data operations,” said Brian Parish, president of IData Inc. “Paring Docufide with the IDataHub is a proven way for colleges and universities to generate the most value from their investments.”

About Parchment
Parchment's mission is to unleash education credentials by unlocking the critical data they embody. A credentials data company, Parchment works with institutions and corporations around the world helping people collect, promote, and share their education credentials in simple and secure ways. At, students can research colleges and discover their chances of admission, see how they compare with peers, get college recommendations, and send official transcripts when they are ready to apply. The company's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, Docufide® by Parchment™, is the leading transcript exchange and intelligence platform. The solution enables the secure, rapid exchange of millions of electronic transcripts and other student records among nearly 9,000 schools and universities, six state education agencies, and hundreds of thousands of individuals. Founded in 2003, Parchment Inc. is a venture-backed company headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. Visit for more information.

About IData Incorporated
IData Incorporated was started in 2004 with the mission of increasing the productivity of colleges, universities and institutional research professionals through better use of administrative and data systems. With the IData team’s many years of experience working with higher education data systems, they have the knowledge and skills to provide seamless transfer of student information. Since its inception, IData has supported schools of all types by providing them with data management, institutional research and reporting, system integration, custom application development, and implementation services. IData also offers innovative products designed to improve the efficiency of everyday operations: the IDataHub, Data Cookbook and NextReg.

• Mark Cohen, Parchment, Inc., 480-719-1646 x1009,
• Kristen Plemon, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x18,



Parchment Enhances its Industry-Leading e-Transcript Exchange Platform With Analytics Tools

On the heels of its acquisition of Avow Systems yesterday, Parchment is unveiling enhancements to its Docufide e-Transcript exchange platform and launching a new offering called Parchment Discover, which represents a new category of enrollment analytics. Using social graphing, Parchment Discover enables higher education officials to better identify prospective students, not only based on academic credentials, but also where similar students have applied, were accepted, and ultimately chose to enroll. The tool also helps students get noticed by colleges that may be a good fit for them by opting in when they use the free service,, which helps students request and send e-transcripts to colleges of their choice, gauge their college admissions chances and get college recommendations. New features in Docufide include a Dashboard that helps high school and college administrators see quick snapshots of transcript requests, delivery status, and volume, among other data.

Parchment Releases 2nd Annual ‘Student Choice College Rankings’

Today, education credentials data pioneer Parchment Inc. releases its 2013 Student Choice College Rankings, the only college rankings system that compares higher education institutions based on actual acceptance and enrollment data. While other rankings systems are based on subjective factors or self-reported data, Parchment ranks colleges and universities based solely on the decisions of hundreds of thousands of students who were admitted to multiple colleges and ultimately chose one to attend, ultimately revealing their preferences. The results rank colleges from most likely to be chosen to least likely to be chosen, and provide a valuable resource for students to find the best fit for them. This college rankings system was first proposed by university professors after studying physicist Arpad Elo's rating system for chess players. The rankings are based on a sampling of more than 200,000 college acceptances from 2009 to 2012 with data from all 50 states, collected through the unique online tool for students to track and share official transcripts and academic data,

Parchment Merges Docufide with Avow Systems to Create Largest Electronic Transcript Network Linking Schools and Universities

Parchment has acquired Avow Systems, creating the largest e-Transcript exchange network for K-20 education institutions and other organizations at a time of rapid adoption in the market. Parchment has been doubling the volume of e-Transcript deliveries year-over-year, and now serves every major education segment: large four-year institutions, community colleges, professional education colleges, online schools, and K-12 schools and districts. The company also works with seven state departments of education. Increased cost pressure, rising student mobility and lackluster graduation rates in K-12 and higher education are driving a growing number of schools to implement e-Transcript solutions. Now individuals and schools can send secure PDF transcripts to any other institution or corporation to support students' academic progression, or if they are in the Docufide by Parchment network, send and receive XML data to support data-driven decision-making.

Pennsylvania Selects Parchment for Statewide E-Transcript Initiative

E-transcript exchange among educational institutions across the country continues to expand, with Pennsylvania becoming the most recent state to offer a statewide system to its schools and students in support of broader preK-20 collaboration and improved academic outcomes. Pennsylvania is the seventh state to partner with Parchment and select the company's Docufide platform, the industry-leading e-transcript and student records exchange network. Pennsylvania received a federal grant to cover the start-up costs of the system for its more than 1,000 local education agencies and higher education institutions if they sign up by July 1, 2013.

Accelerated e-Transcript Volume and Network Membership Drives Strong First-Quarter Growth for Parchment

More than 65 high schools and colleges, including Capella University and Pittsburgh Public Schools, have joined the growing e-transcript and student record exchange network through Docufide by Parchment in the first quarter of this year to increase operational efficiency and save potentially millions in paper, postage and labor costs. Parchment, which doubled e-transcript volume in 2011 to 1.6 million, reports that the volume of e-transcripts exchanged through its industry-leading platform in first quarter of this year is nearly doubled over the same quarter last year. The rapid growth is an indication of the heightened demand for digital academic records as a stepping stone to academic analytics, with credentials data as a key factor in the equation.

‘Quiet Revolution’ Gains Momentum as Parchment Delivers 4 Millionth e-Transcript

Driven by an expanding network of secondary and postsecondary education providers, Docufide® by Parchment™ has now exchanged more than 4 million electronic transcripts (e-Transcripts). The industry-leading e-Transcript exchange network doubled the volume of e-Transcripts delivered in each of the past four years, and year-over-year growth is expected to double again in 2012. Institutions tapped Docufide to exchange nearly 1 million transcripts through the first six months of this year alone.

Veteran Technology Executives Join Parchment As Growth Accelerates

 Parchment Inc., the education credentials data pioneer, announces the appointments of Robert Colletti, C.P.A., as chief financial officer and Jeff Dinski as vice president of business development. With experience scaling fast-growing, early-stage ventures, Colletti and Dinski bring a combined 35-year track record in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and consumer Internet companies to the Parchment management team. Parchment works with institutions and corporations around the world helping people collect, promote, and share their education credentials in simple and secure ways.

Student Information Systems

About Student Information Systems (SIS)           Student Information System (SIS) is a web based application software designed to introduce a conducive and structured information exchange environment for integrating students, parents, teachers and the administration of a school or college. Some of