College offers degree verifications

By Liz Kerstetter
February 1, 2007

Meghan Hurley

In an attempt to create a faster turn-around time on degree verification, Cabrini College has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide degree verification for any Cabrini student.

Cabrini has been using the National Student Clearinghouse for enrollment verification services and decided this year to include degree verification to their service package.

Developed in 1993, the objective of the National Student Clearinghouse is to “automate the reporting of enrollment status and deferment information for financial aid students to lenders and the Department of Education” Kathy Dugan, director of marketing for the National Student Clearinghouse, said. The service is cost-free to all participating institutions.

Cabrini is required to “electronically report their data of graduates and currently enrolled students to the Clearinghouse several times a term,” Phyllis Bean, registrar, said. In return, the National Student Clearinghouse sends “status and deferment information to guaranty agencies, lenders and the National Student Loan Data System,” Dugan said.

With the recently added service of degree verification, the National Student Clearinsghouse will also be able to provide any potential employer with proof of degree.

“The Registrar was always available to provide the information before, but verification needs to be timely, and that is not always the case during a busy time,” Bean said. The new service will make turn-around time on verification much quicker and require less work from the office of the Registrar. “We hope this new service provides a quicker response to Cabrini students’ potential employers.”

Cabrini is not only gaining a paperless database of all current and graduated students, but also access to data from all other schools affiliated with the National Student Clearinghouse.

“The degree verification package from the National Student Clearinghouse opens up many other doors for the school, especially in the field of institutional research,” Bean said.

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