Comprehensive Student Record Project

In partnership with NASPA and funded by Lumina, this year-long project will result in a diverse set of models for use by institutions who wish to implement a comprehensive student record.

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Latest Project News

July 12 - 13, 2016
Summary of CSR Project Convening (Download pdf)

February 9, 2016
AACRAO Press Release "Pilot comprehensive student records will reflect diversity of today’s college student." (View here)

October 28 - 29, 2015
Summary of CSR Project Convening v3 (View here)

October 21, 2015
AACRAO Press Release "AACRAO and NASPA name comprehensive student record implementation institutions." (View here)


April 8, 2016
Project overview at the 2016 AACC Annual Meeting.

March 22, 2016
Project update at the 102nd AACRAO Annual Meeting.
- Bob Askins(USC), Tom Black (Stanford), Amelia Parnell (NASPA), and Joellen Shendy(UMUC)  

February 9, 2016
Project update at the 2016 SACRAO Annual Meeting.

Summary of Comprehensive Student Records Project Convening

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL, -  October 28-29, 2015 - Themes from this convening included recognition that the historic academic transcript, which has not changed in many years, provides an incomplete picture of students’ learning, competencies, and experiences. The transcript has value within higher education and will retain its value for the foreseeable future. It is unclear to potential employers or graduate programs what students have learned, what competencies they have developed, and what experiences they have had. And, it is often difficult for students to share this unique, differentiating information in a reliable, verifiable way.  

Emerging is the idea for a new type of student record that provides additional information on learning outcomes, competencies, and experiences outside of the classroom. However, creation of this new type of document raises many questions, such as who the intended audience is, what information is to be shared, and how this information is gathered, verified, and presented. While many institutions are wrestling with this subject, some institutions are aggressively moving ahead, leading the way in creating new types of student records. The Comprehensive Student Records Project is working with participating institutions on readiness assessments, defining project scope, and developing internal communication plans. In early 2016, the testing and production of model records will take place, followed later in the year by the reporting of outcomes, with continual communication throughout the year. This project, along with the efforts already taking place, has the potential to fundamentally transform student records, resulting in more comprehensive, more valuable documents that better communicate student learning and achievement to all key stakeholders.

To download a full overview of the convening, click here.