Comprehensive Learner Record3

In 2015, The Lumina Foundation awarded the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and NASPA: Association of Student Affairs Professionals $1.7 million to pilot a project to develop models for a more comprehensive student record. 

After the success of the pilot, Lumina awarded the two associations a $1.2 million grant in 2017 to continue their work on the development and adoption of Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs) in American higher education.

The 2017 grant will focus on the development and implementation of a single learner record across a broad number of American colleges and universities. The CLRs seek to capture, record, and communicate learning when and where it happens in a student’s higher education experience. This includes learning outcomes from courses, program and degrees, as well as experience they have outside the classroom that help develop their career ready skills and abilities. 

CLR Data Integration Work Group

During the first phase the CLR project, one of the most significant barriers to the development and implementation of the student record was the integration of data to populate the record with data and evidence of learning.

In the second phase of work, AACRAO assembled the CLR Data Integrations Work Group to identify the barriers to data integration that exist today at most institutions. While some colleges and universities will be able to address these challenges through internal resources and expertise, most lack the infrastructure to address the barriers they may face. This Work Group provided universities with information on moving forward, creating potential guidelines, and working to promote standards that not only benefit students but also employers and other admitting institutions.


Released September 2018
Download the Work Group White Paper


Interested in Participating?

Colleges, Universities, and Systems interested in being part of the next phase of institutions creating and implementing Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs) are encouraged to read the information sheet then apply below.

To apply:

  • Obtain a letter of support from your Senior Academic Officer (VPAA, Provost) or Senior Executive Officer (President, Chancellor), as well as some rosters of information.
  • Preview the assessment.
  • Begin readiness assessment.


Tom Green

Assoc Executive Director, AACRAO

2016 Lumina Fund Participants & Models

2016 Fact Sheet 2016 Comprehensive Student Record Report

Borough of Manhattan CC


​Brandman University


Dillard University


Elon University


Indiana University
Purdue University


LaGuardia CC


Stanford University


University of Central Oklahoma


University of Houston - Downtown


University of Maryland University College


University of South Carolina


University of Wisconsin – Extension and Wisconsin Colleges



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Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025.