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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College is now offering a new electronic service to alumni and former students.

Bethel is one of only a handful of higher education institutions in the state that recently began providing electronic transcript delivery.

The service is part of a statewide initiative involving colleges and universities that the Kansas Board of Regents announced in mid-October. The State of Kansas began collaborating with Docufide by Parchment, Inc., in 2009 to launch eTranscripts, with all public high schools eligible to participate.

Higher education institutions are now coming on board. In addition to Bethel, Barton Community College, Fort Scott Community College, Johnson County Community College and Pittsburg State University, as well as the Kansas State Board of Nursing, have begun offering eTranscripts.

“Electronic transcript delivery is faster, more secure and a more cost-effective way to exchange student records,” said Morgan Beck, registrar at Fort Scott Community College.

“Electronic transcript exchange allows high schools and colleges to improve services to students,” added Andy Tompkins, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents. “ETranscripts provides a faster way to send credentials to other agencies as well, such as potential employers and licensing boards, and this paper reduction effort aids environmental sustainability.

“The Board of Regents is delighted to offer this service, and we hope additional institutions will join the initiative.”

Former students and alumni who want to access their Bethel transcripts should go to www.bethelks.edu/transcript.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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