Introducing…co-curricular transcript as record of student activity outside classroom, July 16, 2009

HAMMOND, Ind. – Academic transcripts may tell the story about a college student’s performance in the classroom. But for employers and graduate schools that want to know more about an applicant, Purdue University Calumet is introducing a co-curricular transcript this fall.

This transcript will be an official university document that lists all honors, awards and non-academic activities in which a student participates while enrolled at Purdue Calumet. Such involvement may include membership and offices held in student organizations, participation in intercollegiate athletics, selection to attend educational and leadership workshops and conferences, community and campus volunteerism, and campus employment.

“Purdue Calumet students have many opportunities to get involved on campus, and this co-curricular transcript is a great way for them to document and showcase their involvement,” Director of Campus Life Gloria Roldan-Schieb said.

For students who provide proper documentation, their non-academic activities will be tracked, recorded and validated on the transcript. The transcript then can be provided to employers and graduate schools to which students have applied.

The documentation process involves completing a one-page Co-curricular Transcript Entry Form along with a Validation Form for each activity listed. Supervisors, mentors and organizational advisors then must verify a student’s honors, awards and involvement in organizations or activities.

“The validation and verification process substantiates the transcript’s integrity,” Purdue Calumet Dean of Students Sarah Howard said. “Hiring employers, graduate school admission counselors and other professionals can rely on the accuracy of the information provided.”

Purdue Calumet Student Government Association President David Ober called the transcript “the perfect tool for students to highlight their hard work and accomplishments outside of the classroom.”