See the Credential As You Go Dictionary for key terms, concepts, and context related to incremental credentials. The following terms have been selected from the larger Key Definitions document. It should be noted, there are multiple definitions for many of these terms; i.e., there is no common standard definition for these terms.
CREDENTIAL − Documented award by a responsible and authorized body that attests that an individual has achieved specific learning outcomes or attained a defined level of knowledge or skill relative to a given standard. Credential, in this context, is an umbrella term that includes degrees, diplomas, licenses, certificates, badges, and professional and industry certifications. [Connecting Credentials – Glossary of Credentialing Terminology, June 2016]
CREDENTIAL AS YOU GO − Title of a national initiative working toward a nationally recognized transferrable incremental credential system that increases the number of high-quality, post-high school credentials that lead to further education and employment. The system captures and verifies learning that is currently uncounted, enabling individuals to be recognized for what they know and can do as they acquire it; provides pathways for learners to continue their education, increasing their ability to gain higher credentials and better employment. [Credential As You Go, 2022]
INCREMENTAL CREDENTIALS −Capture learning as it is acquired along the learning pathway and formally recognizes and connects that learning to a larger context. Incremental credentials can be non-credit or credit-bearing; undergraduate or graduate level; of any size, from small units of learning up through degrees. The purpose of incremental credentials is to ensure learners are recognized for what they know and can do as they acquire the learning and not leave learners without formal documentation of that learning. [Credential As You Go, 2022]
INCREMENTAL CREDENTIALING −Overall design and process used to develop and connect credentials to further learning and employment. [Credential As You Go, 2022]
INCREMENTAL CREDENTIALING FRAMEWORK −Developed through a 2019-21 planning, research, and testing project in a Lumina Foundation grant (Credential As You Go, Phase I). Developed from an environmental scan, prototyping, and feedback from national leaders, the Framework six approaches of credentialing that can be used to design incremental credentials: The Framework includes auto-awarding of credentials to reduce the additional step students typically go through to apply for a credential or graduation, plus a focus on prior learning assessment. [Credential As You Go]