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University of Regina joins MyCredsTM | MesCertifTM providing virtual credential wallets for their students

News Release Release Date: April 27, 2021 10:00 a.m.

The University of Regina is the first Saskatchewan post-secondary institute to join MyCredsTM | MesCertifTM, a digital credential wallet developed by the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada.

MyCredsTM | MesCertifTM modernizes and brings efficiencies and convenience to students from what, until now, has been a paper-based process,” said James D’Arcy, University of Regina Registrar. “Students and recent graduates are able to send their official, digitized transcripts and other documents electronically anywhere and anytime to whomever they want.”

Effective immediately all current and former University of Regina students can access their transcripts and Spring 2021 graduates will have their digitized credentials available upon graduation in June. Other official documents will be phased in over time. All student data will remain under the control of the U of R and this information can only be accessed by the U of R, the student, and whomever they share their documents with.

“The University of Regina is excited to be able to support our students by providing them with control over their own credentials and documents that are secure, tamper evident and legally valid,” said D’Arcy. “All documents will be available in one secure location to access and share seamlessly.”

“The U of R also recognizes the value provided to our graduates in the issuance of a paper parchment and this will continue with the added benefits of a digital credential they may access free of charge.”

“We are thrilled to see the University of Regina adopt innovative digital technologies and join MyCredsTM | MesCertifTM as the first institution in Saskatchewan to launch on the National Network,” said Jeff Adams, President of WARUCC (Western Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada). “MyCredsTM | MesCertifTM is playing a revolutionary role in supporting students’ success and making digital credentials accessible to all learners across the country.”

All certified documents carry a digital signature that meets or exceeds all legal national and international standards.

An authentic document will always have a blue-ribbon symbol which validates that the document has not been altered after it has been downloaded. If a document has been altered or if the digital signature is not authentic, a symbol with a red cross will signify the document is not valid.

ARUCC and Canadian colleges, institutes, and universities are committed to ensuring official and secure document exchange and adhering to the Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) principles, which emphasize, “Citizens worldwide should be able to consult and share their authentic educational data with whomever they want, whenever they want, wherever.” ARUCC became a signatory to the GDN principles in 2015 and the U of R became a signatory in 2019.

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,600 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees. The University of Regina was named the Research University of the Year in 2020 (undergraduate category) by Research Infosource.

 

About ARUCC

The Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) owns MyCredsTM | MesCertifTM. ARUCC provides leadership in the post-secondary education field and service to its member institutions nationally and internationally, helping foster the advancement of registrarial practices and learner focused service delivery in Canada. For more information about MyCredsTM | MesCertifTM contact the ARUCC’s Executive Lead, Joanne Duklas, at info@aruccnationalnetwork.ca or visit https://mycreds.ca/.

 

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