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MyCreds™ Reaching Higher Newsletter

7 April, 2021

A MyCreds™ video created by our own students

70%+ of University of Lethbridge learners accessed their parchments within 10 days of being assigned their credential wallet

Onboarded institutions 

  • Bow Valley College
  • Ryerson University
  • Seneca College
  • University of Lethbridge
  • York University

A taste of institutions launching soon 

Georgian College, University of Calgary, Centennial College, Humber College, SAIT, University of Alberta, Lambton College, Red River College, University of Regina, University of Western Ontario, Lethbridge College, NAIT, Trinity Western University

Launched Nationally

Summer 2020 – Students name MyCreds™

Fall 2020 – Fully bilingual national network

March 2021 – 30,000 learners are provisioned with personalized and portable learner credential wallets and join an international network of 2M learners

Showcase Events

Feb 4th Reaching Higher showcase event with opening remarks from His Excellency, the Ambassador of Ireland to Canada, Dr. Eamonn McKee

March 24th CIO showcase panel of experts from across Canada’s schools

40+ national webinars from June to present day supporting close to 2,000 Canadian higher education representatives

 

Reaching Higher Showcase Event Highlights

 

Testimonials straight from the source

Celine Thomas, 2017 McGill University graduate; Research and Program Manager, Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness (SCSC)

[MyCreds™ ] is especially important for mature students, for newcomers, and for Indigenous students alike.” 

Dr. Eamonn McKee, His Excellency Ambassador of Ireland to Canada

I’m really excited about [MyCreds™] …One of the lessons that we learned from COVID is that the governments, the societies, and the companies that are the most digitized are the most resilient.”

Governance and Implementation Committees

ARUCC Executive

The ARUCC executive provides overarching leadership and decision support, guiding the entire project through its past president and project chair, Charmaine Hack. This executive board includes representatives from all parts of Canada.

Steering Committee

A steering committee steers the project and includes representatives from the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC), the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO), the Canadian Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council User Group (CanPESC), and the Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer (PCCAT). The leadership is engaging in a retrospective and focusing on identifying and confirming priorities and a plan of action for moving this committee into its next phase.

Communications Working Group

This group includes registrars from early adopter schools, a representative from one of the provinces data hubs, a recent graduate, ARUCC members, and participants from Digitary, ARUCC’s service partner supporting MyCreds™. This committee is responsible for guiding communications and marketing needed to support school onboarding and stakeholder outreach.

Onboarding Implementation Team

This group handles all aspects of the technical and project needs to ensure timely and agile onboarding and a focus on continuous improvement. In partnership with its service partner, ARUCC is leading customized implementation processes for each college and university following an agile methodology. The team’s success is resulting in schools onboarding and launching within 8 to 11 weeks.

PIA/Security Working Group

This group included membership from post-secondary institutions, government, and application centres from across Canada. It spent much of the summer reviewing the overarching privacy impact assessment needs and high-level architecture during the creation of MyCreds™. Its work finished in early fall 2020 with the finalization of a Privacy and Impact Assessment report which ARUCC formally adopted. This group remains on standby should additional privacy related needs arise.

Security Testing Working Group

This group included security experts from post-secondary institutions and hubs from across Canada. Led by a CISO expert from one of Canada’s universities, the group conducted vulnerability testing on the new MyCreds™ platform which resulted in a national level security findings report formally adopted and approved by the ARUCC executive. They finished their work in fall 2020 and are available should additional security testing advice be needed to support ARUCC.

Student Testing Group

This group included students and alumni from various pilot schools who provided functional testing support for the new MyCreds™. While their work was successfully completed with the launch of the Network in October/November 2020, some of these students and graduates remain on call to provide advice and support. Our schools are bringing together their own student groups as they move through the onboarding process to ensure even more engagement.

Integrated Working Group (IWG)

This working group is focused on operational and systems integration. The IWG serves as the main group for supporting schools, including registrars and CIOs, with developing API connectors to enterprise student information systems. It maintains ties to the CanPESC community through its co-chair to support interoperability using standards-based data exchange.

Technical User Group Forum

Twice a month, ARUCC, with support from its service partner Digitary, is leading a Technical User Group Forum to help schools with all their technical needs and questions through the onboarding process and beyond. The Integrated Working Group will be using this forum as a regular venue to support its integration and best practices work for building API connectors to enterprise student information systems and aligning with standards bodies. This is a closed group for institutions who are moving through the onboarding process.

Registrars’ Advisory Group

ARUCC has established a new Registrars’ Advisory Group to support those early adopter schools that are launched or soon to launch. This group supports a focus on continuous improvement, stakeholder management, and future proofing the Network.