Clearinghouse Signs Student Privacy Pledge

Clearinghouse, Nation’s Largest Private Service Provider of Electronic Student Record Collection and Exchanges, Signs Student Privacy Pledge

by | Jan 23, 2015 | Clearinghouse News, Transcript & Data Exchange Services |

Joins Scores of Other K-12 Technology Leaders Committed to Safeguarding Student Privacy

In response to President Obama’s call to better protect student privacy, the National Student Clearinghouse signed the Student Privacy Pledge in January 2015. The pledge is sponsored by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and The Future of Privacy Forum. The Clearinghouse joins scores of K-12 technology providers that have pledged to safeguard student privacy by agreeing to a set of commitments related to the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. The Clearinghouse is the largest provider of electronic student record exchanges and postsecondary transcript ordering services in the U.S., performing more than one billion secure electronic student data transactions each year.

Student Privacy Signatory

The Clearinghouse has pledged to safeguard student privacy by agreeing to a set of commitments related to the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information.

The Clearinghouse’s support for student privacy protection is further reflected in both its own privacy policy and the principles on which it based G.R.E.E.N., the Global Registrar EduRecord Exchange Network. G.R.E.E.N. is a free, open, principles driven and standards-based network, created by the Clearinghouse in 2013, to enable the secure exchange of electronic student academic records worldwide. It encompasses the student data exchange standards, values, and principles outlined by the Clearinghouse in its position paper on the Establishment of a National Electronic Education Data Exchange Network.

“Signing the Student Privacy Pledge is a continuation of our over 21-year ongoing commitment to ensuring student privacy and data security as well as a reiteration of the principles behind which we firmly stand. Maintaining the integrity of the student information entrusted to us by our participating institutions is a core component of the Clearinghouse’s mission of service to the education community and its students. We welcome the technology industry and the administration’s focus on the importance of safeguarding student privacy, which has been a service hallmark of the Clearinghouse since our founding.”

Rick Torres
President and CEO of the National Student Clearinghouse

The G.R.E.E.N Statement of Principles is modeled on those written by AACRAO and the AACRAO SPEEDE Committee for the SPEEDE Server implemented by the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 as a shared U.S. exchange platform. Among the reasons UT Austin chose the Clearinghouse in 2012 to assume operation of the SPEEDEServer was its commitment to both improving efficiency for higher education and information security.

Adoption of the G.R.E.E.N. Principles has been widely supported by education industry leaders, including the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO); the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC); AASA, The School Superintendents Association; Ellucian; and Hobsons.