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Digital Signatures – Improving the Value of Higher Education

The inevitability of digital transformation

With the rise in digital transformation, it is apparent that schools, colleges, universities, registered training organizations (RTOs), and industry training organizations (ITOs) are ready to join the transition and go paper-free. There are many perks of moving all the operations online. We are looking at subtle, hidden savings that we didn’t know even existed in the first place. Besides that, educational institutes are trying their level best to provide a hassle-free experience to students and their parents. It is in situations like these that digital signature solutions like DrySign come into the picture. With the rest of paper-based methodologies getting replaced with digital counterparts, signing documents remains the only manual process that gets left behind.

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Why the education sector should switch to digital signatures

Manual administrative processes take up a significant amount of time and leave a limited room to focus on the core functionality itself. With signing documents and forms involved in many processes, the implementation of digital signatures would help save time and operational costs.

Streamlining operations
Smart digital signatures like DrySign help the college/university save on stationaries, paper, printing, scanning, and storage of documents while speeding up administration. When the TAT of administrative tasks is reduced, those hours can be put to good use, like fortifying the core functionalities and increasing the value of education for students.

Digital transformation – path towards paperless universities
Imagine a paperless future where the administration is thriving on digital transformation, the working hours are reduced to half, loss of information & data breaches are virtually extinct, and running costs of such institutions are substantially low. But the truth of the matter is that the path to a completely digital tomorrow is already paved. Technological subtle technological advancements like digital signatures, online archives, CRM applications, and many such tools & software that replace manual paper-based processes have already been deployed that have made the life of administrators significantly easier and made them more efficient.

Legality and security
History is filled with dire consequences of implementing paper-based signing workflows. There have been cases of forgeries and counterfeit documents to get enrolled. With digital signature solutions like DrySign offering 256-bit encryption and security measures like multi-factor authentication, it is easy to keep unauthorized users at bay and avoid security breaches. To make sure that electronic signatures carry the same legitimacy as wet ink signatures, we have regulations in place like the Electronic Signatures in Global & National Commerce Act (ESIGN Act) and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA).

Role of digital signatures in procuring grants
Many colleges and universities receive federal funding from the government for research purposes. Administrative costs are one of the deciding factors when it comes to funding. Universities and other institutes that cut down on unnecessary administrative costs are more likely to procure a grant. 

In the grand scheme of things, the education sector has a lot to gain by making the transition to digital alternatives. It is now a matter of when and not a matter of if.
 

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