Co-Curricular Involvement & Transcripts

On September 14, 2005, Pam Person from the University of Cincinnati e-mailed the list asking for a definition of the term “co-curricular” as it pertains to enhancing college student learning. Although an answer was not expressly given, Michele Kane recommended “Learning Reconsidered” as a resource, and this question sparked a discussion of the use of co-curricular transcripts and where they are stored (with the Registrar or elsewhere). Several list members provided the web address for information on their institution’s co-curricular transcript or provided a description themselves. Concerns about verifying membership and participation in co-curricular activities were also voiced.

Pam Person (read FYE post or send email) PERSONP@UCMAIL.UC.EDU
Michele Kane (read FYE post or send email) michelon@UDEL.EDU
Jeannine Kranzow (read FYE post or send email) jeannine.kranzow@SAINTLEO.EDU
Shelly VandePanne (read FYE post or send email) ShellyVandePanne@FERRIS.EDU
Tom Grites (read FYE post or send email) Tom.Grites@STOCKTON.EDU
Beverly Walker (read FYE post or send email) bwalker@NCSTATECOLLEGE.EDU
Tina Tormey (read FYE post or send email) cvtormey@CAZENOVIA.EDU
Sarah Keith (read FYE post or send email) keiths@KILGORE.CC.TX.US
Denise Tiberio (read FYE post or send email) TiberioD@SACREDHEART.EDU
Shelly VandePanne (read FYE post)
Beverly Low (read FYE post or send email) balow@MAIL.COLGATE.EDU
Leslie Guggiari (read FYE post or send email) lguggiari@FC.EDU
Bruce Norris (read FYE post or send email) BNORRIS@WCUPA.EDU
Shelly VandePanne (read FYE post)

September 14, 2005 3:53:19 PM
Original Message: definition of co-curricular

Could someone point me to a widely accepted definition of the term, co-curricular, especially as it relates to enhancing college student learning? Thanks!


Pam Person
Director, First Year Experience and Learning Communities
University of Cincinnati
(513) 556-4741

September 16, 2005 10:46AM
Re: definition of co-curricular

If you haven't read "Learning Reconsidered", I highly recommend it. We use this document to clarify the work that we do when speaking with both other student life departments and academic affairs. It doesn't delineate classroom learning as different from the outside the classroom learning. Here's a quote: " 'Learning Reconsidered' defines learning as a comprehensive, holistic, transformative activity that integrates academic learning and student development, processes that have often been considered separate, and even independent of each other."

You can get the document, it's only 35 pages, through NASPA or ACPA. We purchased a bunch of copies and try to give it to anyone outside of our division who says "I didn't know Residence Life did that."

Michele Kane
University of Delaware

October 26, 2005 9:32AM
Original Message: co-curricular transcript

I'm curious how many of you out there offer the (below mentioned) co-curricular transcript. I like the idea. If you do have this program, I would very much like to get more information.

Jeannine Kranzow, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Advising
Saint Leo University - Saint Edwards Hall, Room # 320
University Campus - MC 2067
Post Office Box 6665
Saint Leo , FL 33574
(352) 588-7730
Fax (352) 588-8300

October 26, 2005 9:33AM
Re: co-curricular transcript

Ferris State University has recently started offering the co-curricular transcript. The information is gathered through our student volunteer center under the direction of Cindy Horn

Shelly VandePanne
Coordinator of First Year Seminars, Orientation and Registration
University College
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2360

 October 26, 2005 12:42PM
Re: co-curricular transcript

Jeannine, et al.,

You are welcome to visit our Website ( to view our ULTRA program. I am hoping to have all new students take advantage of this option. We have received good feedback re: its utility. It has been in existence for quite a few years.

Thomas J. Grites, Ph.D.
Assistant to the Provost and Academic Representative to New Jersey Transfer
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
phone: (609) 652-4871
fax: (609) 626-3514

October 26, 2005 1:17PM
Re: co-curricular transcript

At our college, students explore majors in their FYE class. All students take the Discover program. This is done in a lab and done by the Coordinator of Career Exploration. After they complete it online and print their reports, he reviews how to read the data and its implications for choosing a major. Then the students have a Career Project that they do, using this Discover information and Occupational Handbooks. By the time they complete it, they are generally sure they want to stay in their major or explore looking at other avenues. Having the Career Exploration office do the Discover also gives the students an opportunity to make connection with that person. Students often make appointments to meet with him later as a result of this class project.

Beverly Walker
Director of Retention Services
Student Success Center
North Central State College
Mansfield , OH

October 27, 2005 10:08AM
Re: FYE-LIST Digest - 25 Oct 2005 to 26 Oct 2005 (#2005-71)

Here is a link with information on Cazenovia's co-curricular transcript program. Katie O'Brien, our associate dean of co-curricular and leadership programs, created and implemented this opportunity.

Take care,

Tina Tormey
Cazenovia College

November 10, 2005 1:43PM
Co-curricular transcripts

Do any of you out there provide a Co-curricular transcript? If so, does the registrar's office handle the record keeping, etc. or does a different office take care of this? Do you use the same format/template as you use for the Academic transcript? Any suggestions you have will be much appreciated!!!

Sarah Keith
Director of Student Development
Kilgore College
Kilgore , TX
voice: 903-988-7536
fax: 903-988-7534

November 10, 2005 1:57PM
Re: Co-curricular transcripts

We do have co-curricular at Sacred Heart University and our information is stored in our Colleague system. The Office of Student Life is responsible for updating all rosters of clubs/organizations, leadership opportunities, etc.

Denise Tiberio
Associate Dean of Students
Sacred Heart University

November 10, 2005 2:19PM
Re: Co-curricular transcripts

The Student Leadership and Activities office maintains the co-curricular transcripts for Ferris.

Shelly VandePanne
Coordinator of First Year Seminars,
UC Orientation and Registration
University College
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2360

November 10, 2005 3:45PM
Re: Co-curricular transcripts

Check with Connecticut College - they seem to be one of the leaders in new technology for such records and transcripts.

Beverly A. Low
Dean of First-Year Students
116 McGregory Hall
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton , NY 13346
315-228-7164 fax

November 11, 2005 4:44AM
Re: Co-curricular transcripts

About a year ago I asked a similar question and received invaluable information from Joe Cuseo on this subject. However, to follow up with my inquiry I would like to ask the question: What happens when it comes time to verify the information? My President and fellow administrators are concerned about having information on the transcript such as membership in a particular club and the student in fact did not do anything but attend an event and was not in a position of leadership. If this is to be an official document from the college it seems so overwhelming to check up on the information to see if

it is correct. Any thoughts on this out there would be appreciated.

Leslie S. Guggiari
Dean of Students
Franklin College, Switzerland
tel. +41 91 985 2272
fax +41 91 993 0354

November 11, 2005 8:06AM
Re: Co-curricular transcripts

West Chester U. of PA offers Co-Curricular Portfolios through our Division of Student Affairs. The Registrar's office is not involved in the process.

Here is the link to their webpage:

Please note that e-mail is NOT considered to be a secure form of communication. Be mindful of this as you compose any email message to me, as confidentiality cannot be assured.

Student Success is the defining characteristic of West Chester University. Expect Excellence!

Bruce Norris, Director,

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies: Professional Studies
Co-Chair, University Academic Advising Committee
143 E.O. Bull Center
West Chester University
West Chester , PA 19383
610.436.3486 Office; 610.436.3483 Fax

November 11, 2005 8:31AM
Re: Co-curricular transcripts

Our Student Activities & Leadership dept verifies all service work, organizational membership & leadership positions before putting the information on the co-curricular transcript.

Shelly VandePanne
Coordinator of First Year Seminars,
UC Orientation and Registration
University College
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2360