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Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council | PESC.ORG | Unlocking the power of data.The California Community Colleges Technology Center is working with vendors and institutions to standardize the exchange of educational data. Working together through the Postsecondary Education Standards Council (PESC) Common Data Services (CDS) Taskforce we are leading the charge with a mission to build a Web services network to exchange data.

The Problem

Why is this important today? Currently, unless you're exchanging transcripts within eTranscript California, most likely your transcripts, with all of your student’s private data, is sent to the University of Austin Texas UT SPEEDE Server to be picked up by another institution or network vendor. This legacy technology has faithfully served education since the 1990's but it ...

  • Depends on third party storage of sensitive data
  • Is a single point of failure for education records exchange across the country
  • Is offered for free, but has no guarantees
  • Is slow with over 20-minute delays in delivery


The PESC-CDS EDexchange Project

The PESC-CDS EDexchange Project aims to directly connect institutions and vendor networks via web sevices to eliminate the need for third party storage and forwarding. For those institutions in transition, the UT SPEEDE server remains an option.

The Plan

The plan as approved at the 2012 Spring PESC conference is to:

  • Define an EDexchange Web Services Standard
  • Through the process of connecting vendor networks together, build open source web services based on the standard
  • Leverage the PESC EDunify Web Services Registry so that trading partners can find each other’s services and establish point to point exchanges
  • Design and implement a payment processing system so that transactions can be paid for

Moving up each level of the project, layers on more governance and eventually fees for participants, but via PESC, stakeholders (vendors and institutions) will participate in oversight.

Next Steps

The first step is to complete the EDexchange Web Services Standard for the Fall 2012 PESC Summit. The ultimate goal is that the final network will greatly increase security and tracking of our student’s educational data in transit.

If you would like to get involved or find out more, please contact me. Tim Calhoon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..<>