The Future of Digital
Student Data Portability

The Fundamental Key to Global Interoperability: an International School Code List

May 18, 2016
11:20 a.m.-11:35 a.m.


Matthew Bemis
Associate Registrar
USC University of Southern California
Matt Bemis, an Associate Registrar at the University of Southern California, is responsible for the Degree Progress and Transfer Articulation operations for the University. He serves as the administrator over the Degree Audit and Transfer Credit applications, is responsible the certification of student athlete academic eligibility, and is the project lead for the electronic data interchange (EDI) initiative at USC. He currently serves as the vice chair for the AACRAO SPEEDE Committee, and is co-chair for the PESC Education Records Users Group.


The number of students traveling abroad or crossing borders for higher education continues to grow each year. According to NAFSA, the number of US students studying abroad for credit in 2014 grew 5.2% to over 304,000 students. The number of international students studying in the US, according to IIE for the same period, is 975,000, of which approximately 78,000 study in California and of that, 10,000 enroll at the University of Southern California (the largest number of international students in the US). A major barrier though exists in the lack of a common school identifier or school code list, which forces manually intensive, workaround processes for every college and university to ensure data accuracy and integrity. AACRAO SPEEDE and PESC have joined forces to launch an effort to address this difficult problem. Should there be one school code list? Should there be a standardized methodology in assigning school codes instead? This session will discuss the global intricacies faced and how we might partner with the Groningen Declaration Network to assist and address this fundamental flaw in higher education.

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