Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council - PESC

Established in 1997 at the National Center for Higher Education and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, community-based, umbrella association of data, software and education technology service providers; local, state and federal government agencies; schools, colleges and universities; college, university and state systems; professional, commercial and non-profit organizations; and, national and international non-profit associations and foundations.

Through open and transparent community participation, PESC enables cost-effective connectivity between data systems to accelerate performance and service, to simplify data access and research, and to improve data quality along the education lifecycle. Additional benefits of the PESC mission include:

  • Use of PESC drives data systems alignment
  • Use of PESC enables portability of education data
  • Use of PESC maximizes the value and integrity of education technology
  • Use of PESC connects high school kids to college and career


PESC envisions national and international interoperability within the Education Domain, supported by a trustworthy, inter-connected network called EdUnify built by and between communities of interest in which data flows seamlessly from one community or system to another and throughout the entire eco-system when and where needed without compatibility barriers but in a safe, secure, reliable, and efficient manner.

While PESC promotes the implementation and usage of data exchange standards, PESC does not set (create or establish) policies related to privacy and security. Organizations and entities using PESC standards and services should ensure they comply with FERPA and all local, state, federal and international rules on privacy and security as applicable.


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