VIRGINIA BEACH — ECPI University is now issuing degrees digitally on blockchain, becoming one of the first universities to do so.
Graduates will no longer need to contact the registrar’s office to have a verifiable degree sent to a prospective employer or for any other purpose.
Blockchain technology provides secure, immediate verification, giving the students control of their official records and giving them the availability to share their degrees and/or professional certificates publicly on social media profiles, or send them privately by email or text message using the ‘share icon’ in the app and with its own unique URL, according to a news release from ECPI.
ECPI plans to use the platform in 2019 to issue digital transcripts as well.
“This is the future of retaining your vital academic records independent of any issuing entity,” said Jeff Arthur, ECPI’s chief information officer. “You retain proof and control of your achievements indefinitely. Employers benefit from a process that allows them to quickly and easily verify educational histories on a resume. ECPI University is proud to be an early adopter and put an end to the archaic process of requesting a degree or transcript.”
Anchoring records to the Blockchain provides the most advanced form of digital document security and should gain considerable use across higher education and other issuers of educational credentials over the next few years, according to the news release.
The digital credentials have the potential to dramatically reduce false claims on resumes since employers will be able to instantly substantiate a person’s educational background.