Nova Scotia implements MyCreds™ across the province’s public post-secondary education system
4 July, 2022
MyCreds™ will provide learners attending the ten public universities in Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) access to a secure digital network and credential wallet to view and share their academic credentials and transcripts digitally on a 24/7 basis from anywhere in the world. With MyCreds™, learners will hold agency over their records. They will be able to share their documents directly with colleges and universities, employers, government agencies, and other third parties instantaneously and securely.
“The implementation of MyCreds™ across Nova Scotia’s PSE sector demonstrates the high degree of collaboration between universities, the NSCC and the provincial government to further advance the province’s position as a national and international education destination,” says William (Bill) Lahey, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of King’s College, and Chair, CONSUP.
The education system expects significant improvements in supports for learners, institutions, regulatory bodies, employers, and others. The innovative system will allow for faster document processing time, more efficient speed of service, reduction in document fraud and falsified credentials, and an overall reduction in manual work required by staff, allowing staff to re-direct their time to other key functions within their institutions.
The Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP) is leading the implementation of MyCreds™ efforts across the province. Adopting this innovative service is a key pillar of CONSUP’s A Shared Vision strategy. EduNova, a provincial co-operative association of education providers in Nova Scotia, is managing the project at large and, through a representative project committee, will be working individually with each institution, as will the ARUCC implementation team as they onboard MyCreds™.
“MyCreds™ will provide post-secondary institutions across Nova Scotia with the digital infrastructure to facilitate admissions, registrations, graduations, and support student transitions into the workforce,” says Shawna Garrett, president & CEO of EduNova. “MyCreds™ is a secure document exchange highway for prospective students, current students, and graduates to request and send admissions, registration, graduation, immigration, funding, and employment credentials provincially, nationally, and globally. We expect that through onboarding MyCreds™ across the province, admissions decisions can be made faster for in-province, out-of-province, and international students. We are delighted that all students in Nova Scotia’s public post-secondary system will be able to share their academic records securely and seamlessly as they chase their dreams and pursue their education and career goals.”
“ARUCC is thrilled that the province of Nova Scotia is funding all public post-secondary institutions to the ARUCC MyCreds™ | MesCertif™ National Network,” says Julie Green, president of ARUCC and registrar at the University of King’s College. “Students and alumni will benefit immensely from MyCreds™ as a network that has been built by and for Canada’s universities and colleges through the commitment and innovation of our registrarial community. ARUCC is happy to support the province in furthering student mobility and digital transformation.”
“I’m impressed and grateful to the Nova Scotia higher education community, EduNova and the province’s government for coming together as a full community to support domestic and international learners with digital wallets through MyCreds™,” says Charmaine Hack, project chair of the ARUCC National Network and vice president, strategic enrolment management of Centennial College. “We all need to work together to improve efficient and quality assured document and credential verification services. This innovative digital approach supports schools, learners, employers, regulatory bodies, and government entities like IRCC with providing citizens full agency and control over their documents. Well done Nova Scotia.”
The ARUCC MyCreds™ | MesCertif™ National Network is a shared service and platform that provides students and graduates access to a secure, online, password-protected learner credential wallet. This virtual wallet allows them to view and share their verified and official transcripts, credentials, and academic documents in a digitized format on a 24/7 basis – anytime, anywhere. Secure, cryptographically signed documents can be sent conveniently without further verification. MyCreds™ is the first and only national bilingual system of its kind in Canada. Visit www.mycreds.ca for more details or contact ARUCC’s Executive Lead, Joanne Duklas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) owns MyCreds™. 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.
EduNova is a co-operative non-profit industry association of education and training providers in Nova Scotia, Canada. With an office in the province’s capital city of Halifax, they are the only provincial education and training co-operative in Canada.
The Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP), founded in 1982, is an informal body consisting of the presidents of the ten degree-granting institutions in the province. The objectives of the Council are to work for the improvement of higher education in Nova Scotia, to exercise leadership in matters concerning post-secondary education, to promote cooperation and interuniversity planning among those institutions listed in the membership, to be the channel of collective communication between the universities and the government, as well as between the universities and other bodies or individuals.
Digitary provides the underlying engine powering MyCreds™. Digitary was launched in Dublin, Ireland, in 2005, and has grown to become a leading online platform for certifying, sharing, and verifying academic credentials. Learner-centric since the very start, Digitary enables millions of learners to share their verified academic achievements online, securely, quickly and easily. Organizations now use Digitary in over 135 countries. For further details, visit www.digitary.net.