About CollegeSource

Serving higher education for over 50 years


CollegeSource, Inc. is a technology company creating solutions for higher education, with roots going back to 1971. More than 2,000 colleges and universities, as well as millions of users worldwide, utilize CollegeSource products for degree audit, academic planning, and transfer evaluation and articulation.

Our mission

“Maximizing human potential by expanding awareness of educational and career opportunities.”

Building software that aids the students and staff of higher education is what we do. Why we build solutions is to empower students, either directly through interaction with the software as they plan their academic careers or indirectly through the higher education staff that use our products to create a better experience for students.

Our mission statement reflects the vision of our founder and the history of the company. The goal is, and always was, to create a “more employable student.” That is, to help students plan and complete academic careers that prepare them to be productive, fully-realized citizens who are adaptable and responsive to the ever-evolving career landscape.

CollegeSource team members gathered with Higher Ed staff from institutions across the country at our annual conference.

CollegeSource history

In 1971, Harry G. Cooper founded the National Microfilm Library to scan and create an annual collection of U.S. college catalogs onto microfiche. The goal was to save institutions of higher education millions of dollars each year by offering a low-cost alternative to the printing and shipping of paper catalogs. Placing catalog information in one easily accessible format empowered institutions nationwide to discontinue the costly practice of storing printed catalogs in campus libraries and provided them with better, faster, and more comprehensive access to the catalogs of their peer institutions.

After a few years, the National Microfilm Library changed its name to the Career Guidance Foundation, a non-profit organization that encompassed the work of the National Microfilm Library but adopted the broader mission of providing technology solutions that promoted more employable students, higher retention rates, and a seamless path to earning post-secondary credentials.

CollegeSource Founder, Harry G. Cooper

The company was once again renamed in 2003 and incorporated as CollegeSource. Though the company’s name has changed over the years, its ownership, mission, and even much of its staff have remained the same.

In 2008, CollegeSource acquired redLantern (formerly DARS) from Miami University to expand its solution set through the addition of degree audit, academic planning, and transfer articulation software.

Today the legacy of CollegeSource, the catalog database, has reached more than 180,000 catalogs online (containing more than 150 million course description records) and supports a suite of online tools used in researching transferred credits and managing evaluation decisions.

“Who we are today is because of our rich and distinct history.”

Moving from microfiche to CD-ROM to relational database and cloud technology over the years, CollegeSource has managed to reinvent its methods with each successive generation of technological advancements and remain a viable and critical resource for institutions of higher education worldwide.

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