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Businesses Studying Transcripts Before Hiring

August 20, 1999

A 1999 survey by Public Agenda revealed that 84 percent of students said they would do better in school if they knew that employers would look at their transcripts. Some U.S. companies are obliging by joining a campaign to review the high school transcripts of job applicants as part of the hiring process -- and impress on students that they are doing so. They say they want to signal students early on that slacking on school work can have serious implications when they start looking for work.

  • The National Alliance for Business has launched its "Making Academics Count" campaign which features print ads calling on employers to make student records "business as usual."
  • In February, little more than 3,000 companies had committed to consulting student records in hiring entry- level workers.
  • That figure has now grown to more than 10,000 employers -- including such giants as Lockheed Martin, McDonald's and State Farm Insurance.
  • Alfred R. Berkeley III, president of NASDAQ, recently passed along information about the campaign to all 5,200 of that market's CEOs, asking them to get involved.

In the next year, the alliance will conduct an independent evaluation of the impact of school records on student academic performance and the effect on businesses bottom line. They will also release a report in October showing what ideal transcripts of the future should look like.

Source: Andrea Billups, "Businesses to Require High School Transcripts for Jobs," Washington Times, August 20, 1999.


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