Improving Education and Employment Outcomes For All Learners
Moving to a nationally adopted incremental credentialing ecosystem that improves education and employment outcomes through an array of credentials, including degrees, that document what learners know and can do.
Research is a key component of the Credential As You Go initiative. The purpose of the research component is to assess the promise of system- and institution-level policies and processes as they translate into implementation of incremental credentials to further targeted, meaningful postsecondary learner outcomes.
There are 359,713 POSTSECONDARY DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES in the U.S.
Credential Engine, 2021
The number of OPEN BADGES AWARDED 2018 to 2020 nearly doubled – from 24 million to 43 million
Emerging Workforce Skills Agenda
Employers increasingly need signals of skills.
59% of employers identified UPSKILLING AND RESKILLING as top priority
55% – 59% of employers report TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SKILLS are most important when hiring
Advance CTE, 2021
Employers report REDUCING DEGREE REQUIREMENTS for middle-skill (46%) and high-skill (31%) positions
Harvard Business Review, 2022
There are 1,057 COMPETENCY-BASED PROGRAMS across undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S.
Moving the Needle
To transform the U.S. legacy degree system to a nationally recognized incremental credentialing system, Credential As You Go focuses on nine bodies of work
Incremental Credentialing Framework
The incremental credentialing process formally credentials learning that individuals acquire along the way so that they can be recognized for employment and further education. The six approaches provide ways to develop and implement incremental credentials.