ARUCC Groningen & Student Mobility Project
Advancing Student Mobility through Trusted Data Exchange
The ARUCC Groningen & Student Mobility Project seeks to advance national and international student mobility through trusted electronic data exchange. Its primary goal includes enhancing Canada-wide data exchange capacity by creating a national network that supports post-secondary institutions and students. In 2015, ARUCC became a signatory to the Groningen Declaration Network which seeks to achieve student mobility through international data mobility. This Project serves as one way that ARUCC is realizing the goals of the Groningen initiative.
- Maintaining a student focus
- Respecting provincial and territorial regulatory frameworks and institutional and provincial/territorial autonomy and authority
- Focusing on priorities and activities that advance improvements and enhancements to student mobility and trusted data portability
- Complementing the work of the existing Canadian student application centres and/or data exchange hubs supporting post-secondary institutions
- Ensuring focused attention on existing and future needs for ARUCC membership
- Encouraging collaboration with core partners including PCCAT, CUCCIO, and CanPESC
- Ensuring Steering Committee efforts are of national interest and promote evidence-based research and decision making for student mobility and data exchange and portability
Partnering Towards Success
ARUCC is partnering with three national associations on this Project: the Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer (PCCAT), the CanPESC User Group (CanPESC), and the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO).
Endorsements for the Project are coming in from across Canada. Here is a sampling.
The Project seeks to realize many benefits beyond student mobility including enhancing service to students and post-secondary institutions through greater efficiency. To learn more, view the 25 minute ARUCC webinar below.
If your time is short, take a look at the video below for a quick overview.
The Project is being led by the ARUCC Groningen & Student Mobility Steering Committee chaired by Charmaine Hack, Registrar at Ryerson University and current President of ARUCC. Representatives from ARUCC, PCCAT, CUCCIO, and CanPESC sit on the Steering Committee. Supporting their efforts is Joanne Duklas of Duklas Cornerstone Consulting, a former ARUCC President.
Consultation is ongoing. To date, ARUCC has consulted with more than 200 Canadian and international organizations including application centres, data exchange providers, councils on admissions/articulation and transfer, government, post-secondary institutions, allied organizations, regulatory bodies, and others to ensure a deeper understanding of the gaps and opportunities, and to capture advice and support for this next phase of the project. A Research Information Request supporting this work resulted in submission of 14 formal responses each of which is informing the Project. Consultation sessions expand ARUCC's efforts on an ongoing basis as the Project leadership seeks to achieve an evidence informed understanding of the gaps, promising practices, and potential opportunities that make sense for Canada.
The Groningen Initiative
The Groningen Declaration Network is an international organization that “…seeks common ground in best serving the academic and professional mobility needs of citizens worldwide by bringing together key stakeholders in the Digital Student Data Ecosystem.”
The overarching goal of the Groningen Declaration is to create a framework to improve the international mobility of people, promoting world-wide education and economic development through the secure electronic exchange of postsecondary student information. ARUCC became a signatory to the Groningen Declaration principles in 2015.
Posted with permission from Herman de Leeuw, Groningen Network Foundation
- ARUCC Groningen Declaration Signatory information, http://www.groningendeclaration.org/signatories/arucc-prospective-signatory
- Arida, A. Summer 2015. Canada signs onto the Groningen Declaration. http://www.arucc.ca/uploads/documents/contactvol23no29E.pdf
- Massey, K. & Vadivel, R. Winter 2015. Student mobility and a Canadian data-sharing network. http://www.arucc.ca/uploads/documents/contactvol23no28E.pdf
- Massey, K. & McKee, W. 3rd Annual Groningen Declaration Meeting: Promoting the electronic exchange of international education data. http://www.arucc.ca/uploads/documents/contactvol22no28E.pdf
- Groningen Declaration Signatories: http://www.groningendeclaration.org/signatories
ARUCC is poised to move this initiative forward into the next phase.
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