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Campus Recognized for Implementing Electronic Transcript Ordering, Delivery

April 22, 2013

Researchers aren’t the only ones at UC Merced developing innovative approaches to conduct business. Thanks to efforts by Michelle Comer, the academic records coordinator in the Office of the Registrar, UC Merced is the first University of California campus to offer electronic transcripts.

Students can order and pay for transcripts online. Recipients of an official electronic transcript receive an email with instructions on how to retrieve the document from a secure web site. This service has cut the transcript ordering process time in half and has helped the campus save money by reducing postage, paper and related mailing costs by more than $2,200 annually.

The process has proven to be so successful the National Student Clearinghouse highlighted the transition from a paper-transcript-request system to electronic as a case study, and made UC Merced its featured campus for April.

The National Student Clearinghouse is a primary source for education verification and student educational outcomes research. More than 3,300 colleges and universities, which enroll more than 96 percent of all students in public and private U.S. institutions, participate in the Clearinghouse.