Importer: Preferred Student Name

Liz Gehret -

The preferred_name field is intended to be used if the student goes by a name that differs from their given first name.

It is strongly advised to not sync in the user's full name in the preferred_name field, as this will create an undesired (and confusing) effect on the user's profile.

 *Note: This field needs to be updated in your student system. If not, then any changes made in Handshake manually will be overwritten on the next import. 

Example 1: 

Student's full name = Christina Thompson

preferred_name = Tina

Profile will display: Tina Thompson


Example 2:

Student's full name = Christina Thompson

preferred_name = Thompson, Tina

Profile will display: Thompson, Tina Thompson


If you have accidentally processed a file using the student's full name in the preferred_name field, this can be corrected by either:

  • Updating the preferred_name to include only their first name or nickname


  • Inserting **CLEAR** (in preferred_name field) for each student whose name you would like to clear out.



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