Academic units occasionally ask that the Office of the Registrar place notations on the official student transcript. Usually the requests are for a particular academic accomplishment, such as notations for experiential learning, international experiences, internships or capstone research projects, but some requests are for more general notes.
Academic accomplishments tend to be course- or degree-related, mandated by accrediting agencies, or designations of student accomplishments beyond normal classroom work.
The student transcript is the official record of the faculty and, as such, should include only those items faculty or academic committees review and approve as appropriate and which meet certain standards of academic rigor set by the faculty. The Office of the Registrar may evaluate and recommend action, though decisions must ultimately be made by the Academic Leadership Council (ALC), the council of academic administrators at IU.
The Academic Leadership Council (ALC), which represents all campuses of Indiana University, is the body that approves notations which may be appropriate for inclusion on the official transcript. The ALC requires that any proposals for notations meet academic standards, or any criteria required for notations on official transcripts.