Anonymous Diploma Registration (ADR)

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IDevice Icon The basics of Anonymous Diploma Registration (ADR)
  • Data collected and submitted at graduation
  • Contains limited information about individuals, not identifiers
  • Contains limited but sufficient information about prior institutions to give credit where credit is transferred
  • Starts with public institutions only, to build confidence of private schools
The key: Knowing how many, not who (S. Banks, personal communication)

IDevice Icon Data elements (13 elements total)
  • Graduate
    • Birthdate
    • Sex
    • Race/ethnicity (1997 OMB questions)
    • State or country of birth
    • State or country of residence
  • Received diploma
    • Institution
    • Level of education/degree
    • Type and program
    • Matriculation date
    • Date of degree
  • Prior institutions (one record for each prior institution where credit transferred to the graduating institution) (phased in)
    • Institution
    • Date of first credit earned transferred to graduating institution
    • Date of last credit earned transferred to graduating institution

IDevice Icon Meets technical requirements
  • Accurately identifies graduates
    • Age is a more reliable way to track cohorts than grades
    • Data can be rectangularized to identify out-transfers who eventually graduate
  • Birth and death registration systems provide knowledge base
  • With the exception of prior-institution (hierarchical) elements, a modification of existing record-keeping routines
  • Prior-institution (hierarchical) elements can be phased in--still a minor modification of transcript-evaluation process but need to accommodate shift in recording keeping with an entering cohort of transfers
  • Private-school involvement can be phased in; public-institution participation will capture most community-college alumni who graduate with B.A.s
  • See ADR and policy research pages for discussion of program evaluation

IDevice Icon Meets political and ethical requirements
  • Eliminates most privacy concerns
    • ADR by itself will not identify students
    • Individuals become part of database only after graduation
  • Allows community colleges to gain credit for alumni who later graduate with B.A.s
  • Reporting individual graduates is feasible for institutions
    • Data exporting and reporting is a modification of existing registrar procedures
    • Prior-institution records can be embedded in transcript-evaluation procedures
  • Does not track financial aid

IDevice Icon Omissions from ADR
  • Experiences at institutions where no credit is earned
  • Credit that does not lead to a degree (interest courses)
  • Sub-degree programs that are not recognized by system (e.g., certificates)
  • Private institutions (at least initially)
  • Financial-aid information