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Credentials Solutions joins Groningen Declaration Network

Thomas D. McKechney, CEO

May 24, 2017

At the annual Spring 2017 meeting of the Groningen Declaration Network in Melbourne, Australia, Credentials Solutions was honored to accept membership with the GDN.  As a new Signatory to this expanding network of organizations across the globe, Credentials Solutions looks forward to the opportunities to contribute and support this international initiative.

In total, 16 new Signatories were accepted from 8 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Italy, United Kingdom, and the United States.)

What is the Groningen Declaration Network?

The Groningen Declaration Network seeks common ground to best serve the academic and professional mobility needs of citizens worldwide by bringing together key stakeholders within the digital student-data environment.  The primary vision of the GDN, which first opened for Signatories in April 2012, is to provide the opportunity for students worldwide to share their authenticated educational data with whomever they want, whenever they want, and wherever they are.  Through the voluntary convergence of best-practices and globally accepted standards, the GDN is a growing network of educational institutions, governmental bodies, and other stakeholders such as Credentials Solutions. 

Participants in the network work together to assure safe administration, processing, consultation, and digital exchange of verified student data using the best standards and technology available.  Security, confidentiality, and privacy are core values to assure trust and promote growth.

The Global Challenge

Within the United States, we have experienced the growth of interoperability of student data through standards based methodologies provided by organizations such as PESC, the Postsecondary Education Standards Council.  In other countries and regions, corresponding, but different, standards have emerged.  GDN seeks to align these multiple standards and their underlying principles by voluntary consensus and innovation.

The higher education landscape continues to expand and blossom bi-directionally, with international students enrolling in the U.S. and American students enrolling overseas.  All indications are that the future of international enrollments will increase.  As these international enrollments increases occur, so will the current challenges with exchanging international credentials:

  1. The authenticity of the exchanged credentials.
  2. The program or degree equivalency, one country to the next.
  3. Language differences between countries.

As the GDN matures and exchange standards are developed, globally accepted, and implemented, these three long-standing credentialing challenges will be lessened, if not eliminated. 

The GDN goals and vision are consistent with those of Credentials Solutions.  We look forward to supporting and contributing to the attainment of this secure, effective, and efficient global exchange of academic credentials.

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