Examines the challenges and barriers to bridging credit and noncredit programs at the postsecondary level.

“This report seeks to contribute to the conversation about how to move the postsecondary and employment and training fields toward a qualifications framework for awarding educational credit for occupational education and training based on demonstrated competencies. It begins with a brief overview of sub-baccalaureate education, looking specifically at disconnects in the current system—disconnects between credit and noncredit programs, as well as disconnects between education and training provided by educational institutions and that provided by employers, the military, community-based organizations, and a host of others. The report then examines federal, state, and institutional efforts to better assure the quality of credentials and to bridge noncredit and credit-bearing instruction.

Next, the report looks at a consensus-building process developed among European countries for creating more consistent expectations regarding postsecondary learning outcomes, as well as at efforts underway to apply this process to the U.S. postsecondary education system. This process suggests an approach to creating a qualifications framework that would enable postsecondary institutions to reliably and consistently award educational credit for noncredit workforce education and training, regardless of where and how the training occurred” (p.3).

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Full Publication Title: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Creating a Competency-Based Qualifications Framework for Postsecondary Education and Training