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OpenEAI Software Foundation Releases Open Source Academic History Web Service to Higher Ed Community

OpenEAI Project and AcademyOne Initiate Student Data Interchange Collaboration for Higher Education

Atlanta, GA - August 5, 2009 -- The OpenEAI Software Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized to develop and promote open source enterprise application integration, today announced new open source web services that enable the secure exchange of student data between student applications systems and applications on the web. The first of these web services is available immediately and called the Academic History Web Service. This web service can be deployed by colleges and universities to allow authenticated student users of web applications to import their complete academic history from these institutions.

The Academic History Web Service is being developed and released as part of the OpenEAI Project to achieve the maximum participation and collaboration with the academic institutions deploying the web services. The web services are free to download and the source code is available under open source licenses. The services can be improved and extended by the deploying institutions, and enhancements can be contributed back to the OpenEAI community to the benefit of subsequent adopters.

The web services are designed modularly to accelerate user adoption and facilitate easy implementation. The core function of the service, authenticating students and retrieving their academic histories, is the same for all institutions. However, institutions will have different student information systems and different methods for authenticating students. Pluggable modules were designed to enable the authentication operation and the function of building a standard academic history from the student information systems. This design allows every institution to deploy the same web service, but configure it for their preferred student authentication method and the student information system they actually use. It also allows institutions to develop custom authentication and academic history provider modules when needed.The web services are designed modularly to accelerate user adoption and facilitate easy implementation. The core function of the service, authenticating students and retrieving their academic histories, is the same for all institutions. However, institutions will have different student information systems and different methods for authenticating students. Pluggable modules were designed to enable the authentication operation and the function of building a standard academic history from the student information systems. This design allows every institution to deploy the same web service, but configure it for their preferred student authentication method and the student information system they actually use. It also allows institutions to develop custom authentication and academic history provider modules when needed.

The first application of the Academic History Web Service will be Course Transfer and Articulation Tools used by students and advisors such as AcademyOne's Student Passport™ and AcademyOne's Transfer Credit Evaluation System (TCES). Students can use the Student Passport to create and save a curriculum vitae spanning multiple institutions, and then manage it and share it with advisors and others as they evaluate their enrollment options. The Student Passport is a launch point to access transition services offered by institutions including course history import, course comparability maps, and personalized 'what if' scenarios to help visualize the impact on course and transfer decisions before they transfer. Advisors and administrators use the Transfer Credit Evaluation System (TCES) to evaluate prospective student’s prior learning, track evaluations, and provide a systematic and standard assessment to prospective students. TCES offers a virtual workspace to receive and evaluate prior learning between schools without the long delays introduced by paper transcripts disconnected from the information systems and the complexity of consuming or duplicating the content contained within them.

"AcademyOne is thrilled to sponsor OpenEAI in its work developing this important technology for the higher education market. The Academic History Web Service enables the secure and efficient access of a student’s academic history from a single institution. As a standard web service deployed by many institutions, it allows software tools such as AcademyOne’s CollegeTransfer.Net’s Student Passport to call one or more institutions running independent Student Management Systems and return a consistent reply. Student Passport users can accumulate and assess prior learning without waiting for official transcripts. The acceptability and applicability of prior learning can be viewed against curriculum requirements to determine where one stands proactively,” offered David K. Moldoff, founder and CEO of AcademyOne and Co-Chair of the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) Academic Progress Workgroup. “Institutions and students in South Carolina and Pennsylvania are already beginning to benefit from the OpenEAI web services as AcademyOne deploys them. Hopefully other states and institutions will take advantage of this open source implementation and offer these services freely as part of their baseline Student Management Systems giving students access to their data."

"The Academic History Web Service specification is one of the first deliverables of the PESC Academic Progress Workgroup efforts. OpenEAI’s implementation of the draft specification proves that a bridge can be built across different Student Management Systems deployed by institutions and answers the call from states seeking to develop data interchange between institutions," added Michael D. Sessa, Executive Director of PESC. PESC, based in Washington, DC. (www.pesc.org), is focused on developing industry data exchange specifications and standards through a diverse community of stakeholders. More information on the PESC Academic Progress Workgroup can be found at http://academicprogress.blogspot.com and http://www.pesc.org.

To download the web services, track the status of the project, or sign up to participate and contribute, visit the project collaboration space at http://wiki.openeai.org:8081/display/participants/Academic History Web Service Collaboration.

About the OpenEAI Software Foundation

Founded as a membership-based, non-profit corporation in October 2002, the OpenEAI Software Foundation's mission is to build and sustain the OpenEAI Project by providing organizational, legal, and financial support for the OpenEAI Project and closely-related endeavors. The foundation was created with the assistance of the University of Illinois and Open Integration Incorporated.

About the OpenEAI Project

The OpenEAI Project is an open source project dedicated to discovering and documenting the controlling dynamics, principles, and practices of enterprise application integration, and to present, implement, and promote those findings to its members and community through the open source licensing of its software. The Project is comprised of six distinct, but closely-related departments, which address OpenEAI methodology, application foundation APIs, message Object API, message definitions, reference implementations, and deployment and administration that together comprise the core services of the OpenEAI ESB. The development, availability, and evolution of open source Enterprise Application Integration software is important to IT managers at enterprise corporations within all industries. More information about the OpenEAI Project software, documentation, and licensing information is available at: www.OpenEAI.org.

About AcademyOne

AcademyOne is an innovative technology and services company providing solutions that address learner mobility, academic progress and academic transitions and academic credit portability. The company focuses on serving learners, institutions, agencies and governments addressing the challenges of an increasingly mobile population of learners. AcademyOne's team of professionals has a diverse array of academic, operational and technology experience. The company has engineered a suite of prior learning recognition applications available on www.collegetransfer.net and built a comprehensive database storing over 3.5 million current courses, 12,000 subjects from across 4,000 degree-granting institutions available on www.courseatlas.com.

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