Connecting Credentials is a collaborative effort of more than 120 national organizations, including WDQC, for the purpose of making credentials easier to understand and use. Credentials include degrees, certificates, diplomas, certifications, licenses, and micro-credentials such as digital badges. In 2017, Connecting Credentials convened five workgroups to recommend action steps to address the credentialing needs and priorities of diverse learners, especially adults with no recognized postsecondary education.
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Last week, WDQC hosted its fourth annual Fly-In, “Energized for Evidence,” in Washington D.C. The two-day conference brought together two dozen state representatives, as well as national organizations and federal government representatives to discuss various topics related to data collection and use.
New results from a 2016 federal survey show that 27 percent of workers hold a non-degree credential and 21 participated in work-based learning, and most of them believe this experience has value in the labor market.
Workers with middle-skill credentials are critical to our economy, but there's no consensus on how to ensure that occupational programs are aligned with the needs of industry and of sufficient quality to justify federal and state aid. This report analyzes various quality assurance mechanisms that measure the quality of academic institutions and programs.
In an ongoing effort to create a credentialing system that makes sense to students, employers, and educators, the Connecting Credentials initiative announced an action plan and the creation of a new non-profit organization.
Two Projects That Promote Alternative Credentials Reach Key Milestones ♦ The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, the 15-member bi-partisan group of experts charged with conducting a comprehensive examination of data inventory and infrastructure, database security, and statistical protocols related to federal policymaking, has called for public comments to be submitted by November 14, 2016.
A recently released report describes best practices for states to develop and implement policies that facilitate the transition of veterans into civilian work, including the use of data to identify in-demand occupations and track veterans’ education and career milestones.
The House Education and Workforce Committee today released the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” a new bill that would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act through Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. The bill makes the following changes to data and accountability requirements:
In this latest video from WDQC, Renah Wolzinger of "Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy," California Community Colleges; and Matthew Meyer of STEM Innovations, North Carolina Community College System, talk about the Workforce Credentials Coalition. This growing Coalition of national and state-based education leaders and experts aim to ensure that community colleges across the United States have better access to certification outcomes to better serve students and industry.