Moving from a Degree-Centric Postsecondary System to an Incremental Credentialing System: What Happens to Learners’ Financing Options?

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Quality, Trust, and Value of Incremental Credentials

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Quality, Trust, and Value of Incremental Credentials

Introduction

Credentials play a significant role in determining an individual's qualifications, expertise, and potential job prospects. A quality, trusted, and valuable credential is one that is widely recognized and respected within a specific field or industry.

Given rapidly changing workforce needs and shortages of qualified workers in many industry sectors—as well as workers’ ongoing need for education and reskilling—credentialing is garnering significant attention these days.

The recent rapid growth in short-term credentials provides clear evidence that the nation’s degree-centric system is insufficient—that an incremental credentialing system is needed to better meet the needs of today’s workers and employers. It’s also clear that, for the learn-and-work ecosystem to function well, these new credentials must be high quality, trustworthy, and valuable. These criteria, therefore, are critical to building an incremental credentialing system.

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