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 focuses 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. 

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.


Guidance on the Review of the Comprehensive Learner Records (CLR) Standard from IMS Global

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Per our review, the CLR Standard from IMS Global is the only comprehensive data standard in place today that meets the objectives of an official institutional learning-focused and comprehensive learner record.

Released: May 5
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Major Postsecondary Education Organizations Commit to Credential Transparency

ACE, AACRAO, EDUCAUSE and Credential Engine lead the way on postsecondary data innovation

Released: November 4, 2019

With higher education leading the way, the development of a robust digital ecosystem where credentials of all types and the knowledge, skills, abilities, and outcomes they represent can be easily translated across systems and compared across institutions, state, and even foreign borders provides a unique opportunity to tackle some of the industry’s most pressing issues around documentation, recognition, transferability, and portability of learning across the learn and work system. Read the full press release

Standardized Components for a Competency-Based Educational Record

For this second phase of the Lumina grant there were four main goals to be achieved
  • Facilitate the scaling of CLRs in up to 150 colleges and universities
  • Standardize the components of a CBE transcript/record with the goal of achieving 10 participating institutions in this second phase
  • Address the data integration issue
  • Leverage existing degree audit technologies to track progress toward learning outcomes/competencies.
To achieve the goals outlined for the second item above, AACRAO partnered with the expert organization on competency-based education, member institutions of C-BEN, a “network of colleges, organizations, and individuals, dedicated to realizing the potential of competency-based education”.


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
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SmartScript: A model competency-based transcript

Nov 23, 2016

UW-Extension and UW Colleges develop comprehensive transcript pilot for CBE degree programs.

Tracking students' emotional development

Nov 1, 2016

How Dillard University's extended transcript is raising the emotional sophistication of the entire campus.

Documenting and validating learning outside the classroom

Sep 20, 2016

IUPUI Student Records and Student Affairs partnering to formally recognize out-of-classroom learning


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Lumina_horiz_rgbLumina 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.