SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. and ARLINGTON, Va., June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hobsons, provider of Naviance, the most widely adopted college-and career-readiness platform for K-12 schools and districts and Parchment Inc, the education credentials data pioneer, today announced an exclusive partnership. Together, the two organizations will allow students to securely send application forms, recommendations, and transcripts electronically through Docufide by Parchment® to more than 1,700 participating colleges and universities.
The combination of Docufide by Parchment and Naviance eDocs – a tool that allows schools to prepare and send college application documents electronically – offers users reduced time, resources and costs, and provides the peace of mind that applications will reach post-secondary institutions quickly and securely. This exclusive agreement extends the companies' successful partnership serving thousands of schools – enabling Naviance members to send more than 13 million documents so far this application season.
In addition to the improving staff efficiencies, Naviance eDocs also dramatically decreases costs associated with college applications: postage, time saved from staff, and ancillary costs. Before Naviance eDocs, many schools primary relied on submitting paper-based transcription, school profiles, and recommendations to colleges.
"Naviance eDocs has transformed the way schools manage the college application process," says Stephen M. Smith, president of Hobsons K-12. "Schools have traditionally tracked and sent hundreds or thousands of documents supporting students' admission applications manually, including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and other required forms. Docufide by Parchment is uniquely positioned by virtue of the size of its network of senders and receivers and its status as a trusted intermediary to be the conduit for Naviance eDocs transmissions, through our partnership with Parchment we are able to streamline the entire process with secure electronic document exchange; helping schools free staff to focus on guiding students toward success rather than rote administrative tasks."
"Naviance is the cornerstone of college-going culture for thousands of schools and districts across multiple countries," says Parchment CEO Matt Pittinsky. "I am thrilled that they have decided to design and integrate Naviance eDocs around Docufide. The company was a natural choice for a partnership that improves the electronic college application process."
Hobsons helps educators, administrators, students, and families maximize success through every stage of the learning lifecycle. Hobsons' personalized learning, academic planning, post-secondary enrollment, and student support solutions serve millions of students across more than 7,500 schools, colleges, and universities worldwide.
Parchment's mission is to unleash education credentials by unlocking the critical data they embody. A credentials data company, Parchment works with institutions and corporations around the world helping people collect, promote, and share their education credentials in simple and secure ways. At Parchment.com, students can research colleges and discover their chances of admission, see how they compare with peers, get college recommendations, and send official transcripts when they are ready to apply. The company's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering, Docufide® by Parchment™, is the leading transcript exchange and intelligence platform. The solution enables the secure, rapid exchange of millions of electronic transcripts and other student records among nearly 9,000 schools and universities, six state education agencies, and hundreds of thousands of individuals. Founded in 2003, Parchment Inc. is a venture-backed company headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz.