Report on Policies & Initiatives Related to Credential As You Go
Credential As You Go is a national initiative aiming to transform the traditional degree-centric learn-and-work ecosystem, advocating for recognizing learning incrementally through various credentials. Operating across three states—Colorado, New York, and North Carolina—it focuses on developing and researching incremental credentials to assess their impact on the education and workforce system. The initiative acknowledges the crowded landscape of related efforts in these states, emphasizing the need for coordination, information sharing, and feedback to collectively drive positive changes in the credentialing ecosystem.
Credential As You Go has acquired three phases of funding to date. Lumina Foundation funded Phase I, resulting in the Incremental Credential Framework for testing. The Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education funds Phase II (Grant R305T210063), which focuses on rapid prototyping of and research on incremental credentials with a national campaign. An anonymous private donor fund at the Program on Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy at George Washington University funds the development of the prototype Learn and Work Ecosystem Library. Walmart funds Phase III, which focuses on systems change for expansion and sustainability of incremental credentials. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of Lumina Foundation, Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education, Walmart, or George Washington University.