New Playbook: Incremental Credentialing in Graduate Education

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Building a Communications and Marketing Plan for Individual Incremental Credentials

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Describes the ways in which communications and marketing at the institutional or program level (for individual incremental credentials) are critical components an incremental credentialing system.

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Building a Communications and Marketing Strategy in a State or Institution for Incremental Credentialing

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Building Incremental Credentials

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Provides an overview of incremental credentials, key considerations when designing and implementing different credentials, and links to case studies that illustrate different incremental credentials.

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Embedding and Aligning Certifications with Academic Programs

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Explores key issues associated with embedding or aligning certifications with academic degree and certificate programs.

Incremental Credentialing Framework

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Describes the six approaches included in the Incremental Credentialing Framework which can serve as a guide to developing and implementing incremental credentials. The playbook also describes two additional components in the Framework: prior learning assessment and auto-awarding for credentials.

Learner Supports

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Guides credential providers (higher education institutions and third-party providers) to ensure that learner supports are effectively integrated into incremental credentials.

Policy in Incremental Credentialing

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Describes the many policies that impact incremental credentialing for colleges and universities (and other credential providers) to keep in mind when developing and implementing incremental credentials.

Building a Communications and Marketing Strategy in a State or Institution for Incremental Credentialing

Describes the ways in which communications and marketing at the state and institution levels are critical components to an incremental credentialing system.

Building Incremental Credentials

Provides an overview of incremental credentials, key considerations when designing and implementing different credentials, and links to case studies that illustrate different incremental credentials.

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Incremental CredentialingLearner Supports

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Embedding and Aligning Certifications with Academic Programs

Explores key issues associated with embedding or aligning certifications with academic degree and certificate programs.

Incremental Credentialing Framework

Describes the six approaches included in the Incremental Credentialing Framework which can serve as a guide to developing and implementing incremental credentials. The playbook also...

Learner Supports

Guides credential providers (higher education institutions and third-party providers) to ensure that learner supports are effectively integrated into incremental credentials.

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Learner Supports

Making the Case

Gives people in the learn-and-work ecosystem key information they can use to make the case for incremental credentialing.

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Incremental CredentialingBuilding ConnectionsResearch

Policy in Incremental Credentialing

Describes the many policies that impact incremental credentialing for colleges and universities (and other credential providers) to keep in mind when developing and implementing incremental...

Events

Jan 18, 2024 02:00pm
 - Jan 18, 2024 03:00pm

Making the Case for Incremental Credentialing in Graduate Education

January 18, 2024; 2-3:30 p.m. Whether you call them non-degree credentials, microcredentials, or incremental credentials, there has been a proliferation of new credential types to serve learners, addr...
Sep 20, 2023 02:00pm
 - Sep 21, 2023 05:00pm

Network Conference

2023 Credential As You Go Network Conference Incremental Credentialing: Exploring the Questions Credential As You Go hosted a virtual conference featuring the work of Network members on September 20 a...
Jul 12, 2023

Embedding Industry Certifications in Academic Programs Summit

Co-hosted by Credential As You Go and Workcred This virtual summit on July 12, 2023 included three panel discussions: The first panel featured national experts defining industry certifications and hig...

Video Resources

Mar 16, 2022
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Credential As You Go Summit 2022: Language Used in the Credentialing Space

Feb 8, 2023
 | 1:09 MINS

Credential As You Go Summit 2023: Higher Education Quality Assurance & Accreditation

Jul 12, 2023
 | 1:29 MINS

Credential As You Go Summit 2023: Embedding Industry Certifications in Academic Programs Summit

Jan 2, 2024
 | 2:41

The Credential As You Go Movement

Sep 14, 2022
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 | Mini-Conference

CAYG Mini-Conference: Communications

Oct 22, 2022
 | 14:05 MINS
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CAYG Mini-Conference: Technology

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Frequently Asked Questions

An answer from one accrediting organization: We are just starting to have those conversations with institutions and systems. In all honesty, the majority of the focus has been around credit-bearing programs.

Many believe it is difficult – if not impossible – to undertake large-scale innovations due to accreditation requirements. Our postsecondary system is degree-centric, organized around associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral and professional degrees. Incremental credentials change this dynamic. This potential increases the complexity of the changing educational waterways, but there are many checks and balances – key among them, the requirements of institutional accreditation for approved colleges and universities. Is an incremental credential system compatible with accreditation? Credential As You Go interviewed the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in fall 2021 to explore these issues.  One of the accreditors shared this answer: What I tell institutions and others asking about incremental credentialing is, “I hope you did not hear me say no.” I remind them that they should not believe the myth that accreditors won’t let us make changes, which is a common misperception. Accreditors have gotten a bad rap as for creating barriers to innovation and maintaining the status quo. Many institutional accreditors are not prescriptive about programs because programming is the institution’s domain. We ask that whatever the institutions develop comply with quality standards and that the institutions tell us how innovations are being implemented. Because we’re part of the regulatory triad, as an institutional accreditor we have to be sure institutions follow state and federal regulatory requirements The accreditor will review applicable changes to be sure the institution does not get into trouble while implementing initiatives and does not get caught among any bad actors who may also be working in this space. We’re asking institutions to demonstrate the quality and outcomes of their programs. Often when I hear others speaking about why accreditation is such a barrier, they’re referencing accreditation standards we no longer subscribe to. We have long since focused on outcomes, but I do admit that in the past, accreditation was very input-based – like how many of these do you have, how many of that? What percentage of? No longer.

Zanville & Travers (10/8/2021, Evolllution) Is Incremental Credentialing Compatible with Institutional Accreditation? Part 3: https://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/is-incremental-credentialing-compatible-with-institutional-accreditation-part-3/

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