Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Pennsylvania colleges try to make school IDs compliant with voter ID law

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Student IDs from Pennsylvania’s higher education institutions may comply with the state’s new voter ID law but only if the ID cards contain an expiration date. Otherwise, students who don’t have other forms of identification, such as a driver’s license–which out-of-state students don’t have–won’t be voting.

A recent survey of the state’s 110 colleges and universities showed only 15 printed IDs with expiration dates. Many of the state’s system schools don’t include expiration dates on their ID cards.


The best and cheapest method is to supply expiration date stickers which can be affixed to existing ID cards. There is otherwise little reason for colleges to include an expiration date on student IDs, given degree programs that vary in length, and students who opt to transfer.

Many cards are also electronic, meaning they can be turned on or off at any time and can hold within themselves information such as birth date and expected graduation year.

“If there’s an expiration date on it,” said system spokesman Kenn Marshal,”the only reason it’s there is for voter ID.”

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A study has revealed a clear need for greater and more differentiated financial literacy education in the K-12 environment.

The “Money Matters On Campus” report, now in its second-year, polled some 65,000 first-year college students across the country. In addition to the need for an early financial understanding, survey results indicate that colleges and universities should provide financial education at the onset of a student’s college experience to better ensure that students will make sound financial decisions later on. The study was conducted by Higher One and education technology specialist EverFi.

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With the contemporary college student and their smart phone attached at the hip, the use of mobile apps to fulfill daily tasks like door access, laundry and vending has become the new trend.

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State College Area High School is now using school-issued IDs to log student attendance and record violations.

Beginning April 7, State College Area High School students will swipe their student identification card upon arriving at school in the morning. Curtis Johnson, associate principal at State High School North, insists the new system will improve the accuracy of attendance records and hopefully raise academic performance as students won’t be able to fake class attendance.

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Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, Calif. is using student IDs and smartphones as a means for students to earn certain privileges.

The program is called Student Scan Identification Card Authorization, or SSSICA. As ABC’s local Visalia affiliate reports, campus administrators greet students by scanning a bar code on the students’ IDs to determine whether they have permission to leave campus for lunch or attend school events such as a football game.

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