Provides a macro overview of the credentialing system in the United States and ideas for creating a more robust and simplified system including key steps for public and private institutions.
“This paper is the collaborative effort of a group of stakeholders, representing national education and workforce organizations and individuals, who have been meeting over the past year to frame a national conversation on addressing the crisis of confidence in education and workforce credentials. These efforts represent a commitment to broaden the conversation to other key stakeholders in our credentialing system so that we can jointly develop an action agenda for building a competency-based ecosystem for education and training in the United States. This commitment does not represent an endorsement of any policies or practices” (p.1).  Paper includes an overview of some of the challenges of the existing credentialing system and concludes highlighting key steps that each stakeholder can take to improve the system. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

The signatories call for an intentional “ecosystem” that is “supported with shared language, tools, and approaches that promote transparency, trust and portability of credentials, including pathways among the disparate credentialing silos that now exist” (p.5). New supports they recommend include: • “Consistent definitions and language about competencies and credentialing mechanisms that are used across credentials” (p.5). • “Shared quality assurance mechanisms that span process quality, content quality, and user quality and collectively ensure credentials are trusted by employers, government, workers, and educators” (p.5). • “Shared public-private data infrastructure to facilitate open exchange of information and analysis among stakeholders and more user-friendly information for consumers” (p.5). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)