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HERNDON, VA (Jan. 22, 2019) — The National Student Clearinghouse announced today that Chief of Staff and long-time employee Roberta Hyland has been named Chief Data Officer, effective December 17, 2018. She will continue reporting to President and CEO Rick Torres.

In this newly created position, Hyland will focus on honing the Clearinghouse’s internal and external data strategies to enable scalability and effectiveness, while partnering with our data security and privacy teams to ensure the Clearinghouse’s privacy and security policies remain a top priority. This includes expanding the work with industry credentials, not-for-credit enrollments and other credential providers, as well as connecting a learner’s experiences to labor outcomes.

“This change is a natural evolution of the National Student Clearinghouse. It advances our mission in support of the education and workforce communities that rely on us to understand learner pathways, which are becoming more diverse and lifelong,” said Torres. “In this effort, the Clearinghouse identifies new elements associated with evolving learner pathways and provides new and better tools to help the education and workforce communities understand learner journeys and inform learners of opportunities. Roberta Hyland’s hands-on experience with forward-leaning credentials data and vast knowledge of the technologies and platforms that support our data-driven activities make her a perfect fit to drive this data evolution.”

“The Clearinghouse has always played a unique role as part of and on behalf of the education community,” said Hyland. “I look forward to building upon our strong foundation and years of education data knowledge and organizational experience to expand upon our abilities to enable the education and workforce communities’ understanding of the diverse pathways of today’s and tomorrow’s learners.”

About the National Student Clearinghouse®

The National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit formed in 1993, is the trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges.

The Clearinghouse serves as a single point of contact for the collection and timely exchange of accurate and comprehensive enrollment, degree, and certificate records on behalf of its more than 3,600 participating higher education institutions, which represent 98 percent of all students in public and private U.S. institutions. The Clearinghouse also provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni.

Through its verification, electronic exchange, and reporting services, the Clearinghouse saves the education community cumulatively more than $750 million annually. Most Clearinghouse services are provided to colleges and universities at little or no charge, including enhanced transcript and research services, enabling institutions to redistribute limited staff and budget resources to more important student service efforts. Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate an institution’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws. The Clearinghouse has signed the Student Privacy Pledge and is the first recipient of’s FERPA compliance badge, which was awarded to its StudentTracker for High Schools service.

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