Follett Higher Education, North America’s leading educational service provider, has announced a strategic partnership with GreenLight Credentials, the world’s largest blockchain-secured ledger of verified lifelong learning records and related credentials. The collaboration aims to help strengthen the college enrollment and career outcomes pipeline by making it easier for students to control their academic records and engage with college recruiters and prospective employers.
GreenLight Credentials is a single place for students to own and manage their credentials and academic records from secondary and postsecondary institutions and securely share verified digital transcripts with colleges, universities, and employers. The platform offers a more straightforward way for colleges to engage high school students based on their academic interests and transcripts, helping to reduce recruitment spending and boost postsecondary enrollment.
Speaking about the alliance, the President of Follett Higher Education, Ryan Petersen, said:
Our exclusive partnership with GreenLight Credentials will further Follett’s work to support more equity and affordability in higher education, increasing recruitment, retention, and completion. We want to remove cost barriers and make it possible for every student to access postsecondary opportunities regardless of their economic situation – and our work in this space isn’t limited to course materials affordability. We recognize how important it is to empower students to control and manage their transcripts and credentials so they can pursue future academic and job opportunities.
As part of this partnership, the GreenLight Credentials platform is now available to Follett Higher Education institutional partners and will launch with many of Follett’s equitable access programs this fall. Follett Higher Education is now a minority equity holder of GreenLight Credentials and the platform’s exclusive higher education retail partner. Follett and GreenLight Credentials will also endeavour to make the platform free of charge to the K-12 districts that drive enrollment to Follett higher education institutions that elect to utilize the GreenLight Credentials platform.
GreenLight aims to accelerate educational and career opportunities by simplifying the college admission process and opening more doors for learning and employment.
Manoj Kutty, CEO of GreenLight Credentials, commented:
Our model grants students the ability to safely and securely build a lifelong educational record that supports their academic and career goals. This partnership will reduce school administrative burdens and level the playing field for students. We’re excited to partner with a mission-driven company like Follet Higher Education to equip students with the tools they need to thrive academically and beyond.
Follett Higher Education provides students, faculty and staff, parents, and fans the course materials, learning tools and retail services needed to support the academic, athletic, and collegiate journey successfully. The company supports over 6 million students through its 1,100 physical and 1,750 eCommerce collegiate retail stores across North America.