Andrew Arida - In Memoriam
Dear ARUCC friends and colleagues,
I am sad to inform you that our former ARUCC President and UBC Deputy Registrar Andrew Arida passed away last January 7th, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He leaves in mourning a loving family, and an incredible array of friends and colleagues across Canada whom were fortunate enough to intersect with him during his many years in our industry.
As a Canadian higher education community, we were fortunate to have Andrew with us, working tirelessly to further our cause on behalf of our students. Andrew's contribution to our field is unquestionable, as evidenced in our having bestowed upon him ARUCC's Outstanding Achievement award at our 2018 conference in Charlottetown, PEI. As a friend and colleague, however, Andrew's legacy will shine as a model for compassion, humanity, collegiality and work ethic.
Please share this with those you know would appreciate having this information. You are also able to share your stories, pictures, and videos on the page. You are also invited to contribute to the Andrew Arida Memorial Fund, in support of UBC students.
On behalf of ARUCC, thank you Andrew for your work and for your friendship. We will miss you dearly.
Romesh Vadivel | President / Président
Postponement of ARUCC Biennial Conference to 2022
As you likely have anticipated, ARUCC will be postponing the June 2021 in-person Conference. We have secured the Conference location site in Niagara Falls ON for June 19-22, 2022 and very much hope we can count on your support and participation in 2022!
We know that this has been an exceptionally difficult time for all of us and that maintaining connections with others has been essential to our overall well-being. ARUCC would like to continue to help our registrarial community stay connected by hosting a 3-day "virtual conference" webinar event on Monday, June 21st through to Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 between Noon and 2 pm each day (EST). We hope that the time selected will allow attendance from across the country. We will host a number of concurrent sessions to provide an opportunity to connect on how we are all adapting to the pandemic (topics to include grading, convocation, admissions and academic records). Details on the complete session offerings and registration will be coming in March.
ARUCC National Network Featured in Maclean's
ARUCC’s National Network Project is featured in an article published in the 2021 University Rankings issue of Maclean’s magazine with the headline, “Winterized transcripts.” You can find the article written by Kim Hart Macneill online at https://www.macleans.ca/education/university-transcripts-move-into-the-digital-age/.
ARUCC's DIACC Spotlight
ARUCC joins DIACC, a national organization of government, industry, and higher education leaders who are committed to unlocking opportunities for Canadians and businesses by providing the framework to develop a robust, secure, scalable and privacy-enhancing digital identification and authentication ecosystem. DIACC has highlighted the good work of ARUCC nationally and internationally with a particular focus on its efforts to launch the ARUCC National Network, newly launched as MyCreds™ | MesCertif™.
ARUCC Launches a New Learner Credential Wallet as part of the ARUCC National Network Project
ARUCC is pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive, bilingual, online credential wallet for Canadian post-secondary learners called MyCreds™| MesCertif™. This new wallet is the outcome of the incredible effort of well over 100 higher education leaders across Canada who, along with ARUCC's service provider, Digitary, are creating new ways to support learners who seek to share their documents, badges, credentials and micro-credentials on a 24/7 basis - anytime, anywhere. ARUCC is grateful to the many higher education experts from our colleges and universities across Canada, and its partners, PCCAT, CUCCIO, CanPESC, and the Digitary team. These people continue to collaborate in new and innovative ways to support post-secondary learners. Stay tuned for further news as our post-secondary institutions join MyCreds™| MesCertif™ over the coming weeks and months.
ARUCC Partners with Digitary to Build the Canadian National Network
The Association of the Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) today announced that it has chosen the international firm, Digitary as the solution provider for the Made for Canada National Network. This initiative means the Canadian higher education community is creating the very first online platform and national credential wallet for post-secondary learners. Once fully operational, the Network will enable 3 million learners across the country to access and share their official digitized post-secondary transcripts and credentials online - anytime, anywhere.