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Holding Graduation Records Hostage

Yesterday, I was asked by a Verification Services team member to obtain a $3 money order needed to obtain a high school diploma verification from the Dallas Independent School District. Last week, we mailed a diploma verification request to Chicago Public Schools. Next week it might be Edison Township Public Schools requesting a $5.00 cashier’s check. The list goes on…

Each money order accompanies a snail mail request, which may take weeks to receive a response. In today’s world of technology, this process seems just a little outdated, which is putting it nicely.

Keep in mind, these verification requests are in connection with employment opportunities being sought by former graduates of these school districts. In other words, if you are seeking a new job, and your future employer has a pre-employment screening process which includes verifying your education history, how would you feel knowing your high school alma mater has an archaic verification process in place that is delaying your start date? I know how I’d feel…

School districts: It’s time to press the figure-it-out button. How have we not figured out a way to make student graduation records more accessible and easier to verify? Colleges and universities throughout the country have by and large transitioned to an automated, pay-for system, and many high schools have also gotten on board with the use of systems like Parchment, ScribOrder, and NeedMyTranscript.

To be clear, the fees generally aren’t the issue—it’s the amount of time they take. In a competitive job market, employers are fighting for top talent and willing to pay the fee for an almost instant verification process. The sooner someone can start, the better.

Who decided it would be a good idea to require a $3.00 money order to release high school degree verification information, anyway? Receiving hundreds if not thousands of money orders each month and then having to deposit them can be neither fun nor a good use of taxpayer dollars.

We just don’t get it. There has to be a better way. And you owe it to your former graduates to find one.

Disclaimer: This blog is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.