New transcript may include co-curriculars

The University is the preliminary stages of developing a new transcript for students that will list their co-curricular activities, including internships and extracurriculars, administrators said last week.

University President Steven Knapp approved the proposal, but it still must pass the Board of Trustees, said Michael Akin, executive director of government international and community affairs. The transcript, tentatively called “GW Portfolio,” aims to reflect the wide-ranging activities students engage in outside the classroom and will be separate from the existing academic transcript.

“The idea is a simple one,” Akin said. “It basically says, ‘How do you track in some sort of comprehensive way all the various things students are involved in during their time at GW?’ “

He said if the Board passes the proposal, students would be able to go on the Internet and list all of the various activities they have been involved with at GW. The students would then receive an official GW document listing these activities.

Tim Miller, executive director of Student Activities Center, said SAC offered a similar service several years ago, but has since discontinued it.

“This is just a new initiative in bringing them back to campus,” Miller said, referring to the transcripts.

Since the idea is in its preliminary stages, Akin said there are still some logistics that must be worked out, including the creation of a safeguard that would ensure that students are honest about their activities.

“Verification is a piece of this that we would definitely have to think about carefully because whenever you are using the word transcript that implies that the school is standing behind it and verifying it,” Akin said. “We clearly want to make sure that this is credible information.”

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