Blockchain Paves Way for Big Changes in Higher Ed

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The days of higher ed students standing in long lines waiting to receive academic records may soon come to an end. The use of blockchain in higher education completely reshapes the process for students to receive and share their documents with individuals and organizations of their choosing. Blockchain has the potential to put an end to tedious prehistoric processes and transform them into ones where students no longer need to leave home to view their academic records.

Students often attend more than one institution during their academic careers. As a result,  upon completion, it can be challenging to verify their entire educational journey. An employer may need to verify the authenticity of a prospective employee's credentials. An educational institution or another third party may need to verify previous courses and credits,  all of which can complicate the records retrieval process. 

Currently, requesting documents such as student transcripts and diplomas can be time-consuming and even stressful. Unfortunately, some educational institutions close down permanently, further complicating the process. Other times, universities are so overwhelmed that they fail to keep accurate records. Both scenarios present significant problems.

While the application of blockchain in the higher education space got off to a slow start, it certainly is proving to be a promising solution to many of the issues related to safely and efficiently obtaining and sharing historical student data. Using specialized tools, such as Blockcerts, students can access virtual wallets to see all of their academic progress in one place. With blockchain, student data is secure, easily accessible, and cannot be changed. Blockchain most certainly has the potential to stick around for the long term, paving the way for the future.