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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.
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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 Parchment.com, 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 www.parchment.com/company 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, mcohen@parchment.com
• Kristen Plemon, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x18, kristen@cblohm.com

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