Arizona State University is in touch with local community colleges on incorporating blockchain to innovate data sharing for academic records.
The university aims to use blockchain to establish whether students who transfer from community colleges have already earned enough credits to be awarded an associate’s degree — an intermediary qualification between a high school diploma and a full-fledged bachelors.
Tracking credits during this process — known as a reverse transfer — becomes complex and time-consuming to navigate.In addition to mere data exchange, colleges are required to interpret academic records that are not homogenous and establish whether the credentials are equivalent to their own.
In collaboration with cloud software firm Salesforce and its central enterprise unit EdPlus, Arizona State is thus developing a blockchain-based student data network that would allow participating institutions to securely exchange and verify academic credentials.
A key focus is reportedly to make the process of data exchange bi-directional — so that community colleges can continue to be updated on their former students’ progress at Arizona State.
This development is also likely to help the university with student’s choices and feedback which can further assist university in understanding how to develop and tailor their program opportunities.
One of the college co-ordinators remarked, “Blockchain is going to be the future of academic records.The technology would certainly provide for greater fluidity. It will also allow students to own their own academic records.”