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Clearing the Paper Trail to College

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Sun, 10 Apr 2005 22:57:21 -0400

By Alison O'Leary Murray, Globe Correspondent | April 10, 2005

When Natick resident Sean True looks at the college admissions
process, he sees a problem -- too many envelopes being mailed to too
many colleges. Too much paper.

"For 35 years, we've heard this huge promise of a paperless future,
but I just see us creating more," said True, who helped his son, Sam,
a Natick High School senior, with his applications last fall.

True, chief technical officer at an Internet company, is trying to
cut the clutter. He has offered his expertise to the Transcript
Project, the brainchild of Natick High guidance counselor Ron Miller,
which seeks to transmit electronically students' grades and class
standings to colleges.

Sounds simple? It turns out it's not so easy.

Transcripts, which document a student's academic career and can make
or break an application, require special handling. Only certain
members of the high school staff have access to them, and the
documents must arrive at college admissions offices with assurance
that they have not been tampered with or handled by any unauthorized

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