Online University Adds Real-Time Identity Verification Case Study

School Bolsters Academic Integrity with Real-Time Identity Verification

Athens State University in Athens, Alabama, serves more than 3,500 full-time, part-time and distance students with flexible course schedules. Offering a friendly, affordable experience, Athens State University provides 30 different degree choices, with all classes taught by quality faculty.


  • For the online higher education industry to keep thriving, institutions need to increase the integrity of their online programs
  • They need confidence that the student at the keyboard taking the exam is the one who’s actually enrolled
  • To maintain its high standards, Athens State University sought to increase the integrity of its online courses by randomly verifying the identity of students during online exams


  • Acxiom Identity Verification and Authentication™ products help the university verify the identity of distance-learning students
  • As students begin assessments, the identity solution presents real-time questions derived from
  • Acxiom’s database of U.S. consumer public records
  • Acxiom generates the questions on-demand, without prior input from the students – ensuring that students can’t circumvent the identity verification process


  • Helps preserve the integrity of online learning programs
  • Deters identify theft
  • Helps reduce the costs associated with testing center coordination, proctor validation and proctored exams