Posted: Nov 9, 2021

Chief Information Officer of North Dakota Shawn Riley announced today North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT) department architect Tracy Korsmo received the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) Outstanding Service Award. 

Korsmo, who is also the Statewide Longitudinal Data System program manager, was recognized for his significant contributions to the Comprehensive Learner Record Advisory Group and the Midwest Credential Transparency Alliance, specifically for his work in North Dakota. 

“NDIT’s goal is to lead the nation in innovation and a citizen-centric approach to government,” said Riley. “Tracy brings pride to North Dakota by receiving this award and it is an excellent example of the work his team is doing to support research and evaluation in education and training programs.” 

“This recognition by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) is a testament to Tracy Korsmo's outstanding work with the Statewide Longitudinal Data System. He has been a trail blazer within NDIT, enabling analytics and insights using longitudinal data and exploring the use of blockchain technologies for verifying student credentials,” said Ravi Krishnan, Chief Data Officer at NDIT. “We are thrilled to learn about the award and thank MHEC for recognizing Tracy's great work in this area.” 

“As a big believer in the power of data transparency and access which can drive informed decision-making, I thank MHEC for acknowledging my contributions to the Comprehensive Learner Record Advisory Group and the Midwest Credential Transparency Alliance,” said SLDS Program Manager and Architect Tracy Korsmo. “I am honored and appreciate this recognition.”    

North Dakota contributes to the regional and national efforts to publish credentials to learners through a Comprehensive Learner Record; the Comprehensive Learner Record Advisory Group brings awareness to further the adoption of this standard. Empowering a learner with digital credentials they own and may share with institutions and employers is the goal to addressing skill equity through credentials. 

ND welcomes the contributions of Midwest Credentialing Transparency Alliance and Credential Engine to support ND efforts to publish credentials and pathways to the Credential Registry. The recognition of credentials through this competency framework is critical to a Learner and Employment Record which provide definition and meaning to an individual’s competencies and connections to jobs through linked data. It’s been a pleasure to work on this rewarding project, Korsmo said. 

The Statewide Longitudinal Data System leverages stakeholders and partners of education, training, and employment programs to create a system which provides data to support the research and evaluation of programs to improve the outcomes of individuals provided service. SLDS maximizes the usefulness of management information while protecting the privacy and security of personal information. 

 Tracy Korsmo, SLDS Project Manager and Architect for North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT) department.