By Laura Huskey - Staff Writer
As technology improves to make the world a more efficient place, Rose State takes advantage of the new opportunities. In February, Rose State implemented the option to retrieve official transcripts online.
There will no longer be the added hassle of visiting the Admissions Office to receive an official transcript.
Staff at Rose State think this is a more efficient and cheaper way to get students their official transcripts.
Students are excited at this new option for multiple reasons.
“I won’t have to drive all the way up to school to get my transcript. Since I live 30 minutes away, it would be helpful,” said Gabby Dunsworth, an Education major.
Other colleges and universities across the country are adding the option of official electronic transcripts.
“I think it’s a more attractive option,” said Abby Petersen, a concurrent student at Rose State. “It’s easier and more efficient. It will be really helpful to me. Plus, it’ll help the environment.”
The environmental benefits of having electronic transcripts are a leading factor in many colleges and universities making the switch. The financial benefits are great too.
The cost of paper adds up. With not having to print every official transcript, Rose State will save money and help save some trees.
This is a small step toward a bigger ideal of being environmentally friendly.
Rose State is using the transcript provider Parchment. There will be a base fee of $3.25 with an extra charge of 50 cents that will go to future electronic services.
There will still be the option to pick up official transcripts with no charge from the Admissions and Records office.
This way of sending official transcripts to universities and employers will serve to ease some stress from Rose State students.
“If a student was on a deadline, then it made things more difficult to complete their admission or apply for jobs or scholarships,” said Mechelle Aitson-Roessler, Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Registrar.
By having an official transcript ready to be immediately sent, it avoids the problem of students having to wait for days or even weeks for their transcripts to arrive at their destinations.
There will even be notifications sent to the student once the transcript arrives and is downloaded by the receiver.
As both the college campus and the student population grow, Rose State is taking more and more steps to move forward with the success of the students in mind.
“It’s exciting to know that Rose is forward-thinking and helping us to streamline our college application process as we move from Rose to attend universities,” said Petersen.
By allowing faster communication with outside universities and employers, Rose State is proving it is committed to helping students succeed, as it says in its slogan, “Going somewhere starts here.”