2013 AACRAO
Transfer Conference

AACRAO SPEEDE Committee Update: What's on the Horizon?

The AACRAO Committee for Standardization of Postsecondary Education Electronic Data Exchange (SPEEDE) coordinates and leads the development of national exchange standards. They’ll be sharing the most recent developments in the world of electronic data exchange at their 2013 Tech Conference session “AACRAO SPEEDE Committee Update: What's on the Horizon?” In anticipation of the presentation, AACRAO spoke with previous chair of the SPEEDE Committee Tuan Anh Do, Assistant Director, Enrollment Management Technology at San Francisco State University and current AACRAO liaison to the PESC Board of Directors. 

Tuan Anh Do

June 25, 2013 

Assistant Director, 
Enrollment Management Technology
San Francisco State University

Q. What is the SPEEDE Committee working on? 

A. We’re focused on the adoption of EDI, XML and PDF transcripts. We want to try to get as many people as possible into the process of electronic data exchange to foster better communication and efficiency. Our primary concerns are standards—making sure that data is reliable—and education—getting people familiar and comfortable with the processes. 

Q. How do you do that? 

A. We want people to know that we—the members of the committee—are always available as a resource. We’re an information hub for those who want to get started. We can help you figure out a way to get your electronic data system up and running. 

 Q. Why is the adoption of reliable electronic data exchange standards important? 

A. First, it’s cost-effective—there’s a lot of overhead involved with paper versus electronic. Second, it’s safe—forgeries are easier to do with paper than with electronic data. Third, it’s faster and more efficient for the student. Waiting for paper records can delay processing of an application. And the efficiency of electronic exchange can be passed on to students—many schools don’t charge much if at all for electronic records. 

 Q. What comes next for the SPEEDE Committee? 

A. We want to make sure the standards work for everyone and continue to develop new standards as technology changes. We are working to get the adoption rate up and making sure technical staff are up to date. We’re trying to reach out to the state and regional ACRAO organizations as well. We always go to the Annual and Tech conferences. Each year, we’ll be attending a regional conference and have a presence there to answer questions and make people aware of the resources we provide. We also want people to know they can find more information and reach us through the SPEEDE website.

2013 SPEEDE Committee Technology