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Why Registrars Need the CLR

by Eric Stoller

Registrars and Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs)

Collegiate registrars should advocate for (and implement) Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs) in place of traditional transcripts for several reasons:

A holistic view

CLRs provide a more holistic view of a student’s learning journey: Unlike traditional transcripts, which only show grades and course titles, CLRs capture a more comprehensive picture of a student’s learning journey. This includes not just academic achievements, but also co-curricular activities, internships, research projects, and other experiences that contribute to a student’s overall growth and development.

CLRs are more user-friendly

Traditional transcripts can be difficult to read and understand, especially for employers who may not be familiar with the grading system or course titles at a particular institution. CLRs, on the other hand, provide a more user-friendly format that is easier to interpret and digest.

Moving away from grades

Some schools are moving away from using grades on transcripts. Instead, they are using more qualitative measures to assess student learning, such as competency-based assessments and narrative evaluations. CLRs are better equipped to capture and communicate these types of assessments, as they provide a more holistic view of a student’s learning journey beyond just grades.

CLRs support lifelong learning

CLRs can be updated throughout a student’s academic and professional journey, providing a more complete record of their ongoing learning and development. This supports the concept of lifelong learning, which is increasingly important in today’s rapidly changing economy.

CLRs promote equity

By capturing a more comprehensive view of a student’s learning journey, CLRs can help to identify and recognize the achievements of students from diverse backgrounds who may have pursued non-traditional paths or experiences. This can help to promote equity and inclusion in higher education.

CLRs are compatible with emerging technologies

CLRs can be easily integrated with emerging technologies such as blockchain and digital credentials, which are becoming increasingly important in the job market. This means that students with CLRs are better prepared for the changing demands of the digital economy.

It’s time for a change

Overall, CLRs offer a more comprehensive, user-friendly, and equitable approach to tracking and recognizing student learning than traditional transcripts. As such, collegiate registrars should advocate for the rapid and intentional adoption of CLRs. This is true digital transformation that reflects the needs of institutions, students, and employers.