For the Record, An AACRAO Podcast

Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) Data Standards

January 11, 2021 Doug McKenna Season 3 Episode 8
For the Record, An AACRAO Podcast
Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) Data Standards
Show Notes

Since 2015, AACRAO has been leading the charge in the development of a Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR). Partnering with other organizations such as NASPA, and working with a grant from the Lumina Foundation, AACRAO has made considerable progress in these efforts.  CLRs seek to capture, record, and communicate learning when and where it happens in a student’s higher education experience. In this episode we’ll talk with Tom Green and Mark McConahay about the history of the project, the various stages of development, where we are today, and what’s next. 


Tom Green, Associate Executive Director



Mark McConahay, Associate Vice Provost and Registrar

Indiana University - Bloomington



Key Takeaways:

  • The CLR is a new kind of a record; it is not a replacement for the transcript and not simply a combination of the transcript plus some additional data elements;
  • The CLR is for the student--to assist with communicating the breadth of learning experiences undertaken as part of their academic career;
  • There will be significant variation in what is included and the way the documents are formatted as individual institutions define for themselves what learning looks like at their institutions;
  • The data standards being formulated are nascent but inexorable; registrars need to stay aware of developments relating to the CLR.

CLR Showcase Event - Hosted by AACRAO:

References and Additional Information:

Comprehensive Learner Record - AACRAO Signature Initiative: 

Report on the IMS Global CLR Data Standard: 


IMS Global Learning Consortium Site: 

CLR Roundtable Series: 

AACRAO Core Competencies: