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Trent Implements Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Program
July 7, 2007

New Program Ensures Fast and Efficient Sending of Student Transcripts between Ontario Institutions

Susan Apostle-Clark, Keith Bent, Bonnie Patterson, and Susan SalusburyTrent University’s Office of the Registrar celebrated a major milestone on July 20 with the launch and implementation of the new Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) program.

The new program allows Trent staff to electronically submit student transcripts to other Ontario universities and colleges. Previously, it took three to seven days to send a requested student transcript through the mail. Under the new electronic system, the process will take less than a day and there will be no chance of losing paper copies in the mail.

Keith Bent, manager of systems and support in the Office of the Registrar, has been working on implementing the EDI program at Trent for the past two years. Trent receives, on average, 2,200 requests through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) to send student transcripts to other institutions – that translates into approximately 3,200 transcripts per year (based on an average of 1.5 transcripts per request). According to Mr. Bent, the new EDI will benefit both staff and students as it makes the transcript request process much more efficient and reliable.

University Registrar Susan Salusbury, VP Academic Susan Clark and Trent President Bonnie Patterson were all on hand at the event to celebrate the launch of the new program. President Patterson had the honour of sending the first electronic transcript submission.