Senators Braun and Hickenlooper will discuss the value of credential transparency, their states’ work on the issue, and plans for legislation that will support states in their efforts to advance and sustain credential transparency for the benefit of students, workers, employers, educators, and policymakers.

If you haven’t registered yet, we invite you to join us on December 7th from 1:00-4:00 pm ET to celebrate Credential Engine, our partners, and all the work we have achieved together. Registration for this event is complimentary. Register today to save the date and secure that time on your calendar!

Why Should I Attend?

We are working with over half the states, federal agencies, Congress, systems, and providers to ensure that students, workers, employers, educators, and policymakers have access to linked, open, interoperable data to be able to make more informed decisions.  Together, stakeholders can work to create a more transparent and equitable credential landscape that can illuminate paths to a better future for people, industry, and states.

What to Expect.

Below is a working list of panel sessions and speakers. We will continue to provide updates to our agenda as speakers are finalized. 

  • Counting Credentials 2022 Report: Scott Cheney, Credential Engine CEO, will provide an overview and release the findings of the new 2022 Counting Credentials Report.
  • Credential Transparency Context Setting: Larry Jackson, Senior Director of Retail Opportunity at Walmart, will offer insight from a funder’s perspective.
  • Open Data, Better Tools: States’ Work Toward Credential Transparency:  This conversation will be moderated by Rachel Vilsack, Credential Engine’s Director of State Partnerships. She will be speaking with Lesley Hirsch, Assistant Commissioner of Research and Information at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL), Tiffani Tatum, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Kerry Ballast, Deputy Director for Workforce Education at Texas Workforce Commission to discuss what is new and how they are working towards credential transparency in their states. This session will also feature one-pagers and short videos from other partners. 
  • Focus on Equity and Students: Aaron Fichtner, President of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and Credential Engine Board Vice-Chair will moderate a session with Dr. Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Dr. LeBlanc will be followed by Tina Gridiron, Vice President at ACT Center for Equity in Learning, and Elena Quiroz-Livanis, Chief of Staff and Assistant Commissioner of Academic Policy and Student Success at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to discuss Credential Engine’s Equity Council and the recommendations that will be put forth by the Council.
  • Current and Upcoming Policy Work: Scott Cheney will moderate this session between Senator Mike Braun, Indiana, and Senator John Hickenlooper, Colorado, as they discuss upcoming policy and the importance of credential transparency. Additionally, the Connecticut Governor has been invited to speak. Scott will then provide updates on current Credential Engine policy work.
  • What’s Next?: Jeanne Kitchens, Credential Engine CTSO, will provide an overview of our upcoming Pathway Builder tool. This will be followed by a Learning and Employment Record (LER) session with Deb Everhart, Credential Engine’s CSO, and Dror Gurevich, Founder and CEO of Velocity Network Foundation.
  • Closing Session: We will end our celebration by listening to a conversation between Stephen Moret, President and CEO of Strada Education Network, and Barbara Gellman-Danley, President of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and Credential Engine Board Chair.

Register today. We hope to see you there

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