Transparent education and employment outcomes metrics empower people to make informed decisions about education and career paths. Stakeholders in credentialing ecosystems benefit from well-defined metrics: 

  • employers can see which programs help people succeed
  • credentialing organizations can refine their offerings to meet industry demands
  • education and training providers can tailor programs to maximize student success 
  • government agencies can make informed investments in workforce development

These benefits hinge on clear and explicit definitions of metrics. Understanding the precise calculation of metrics, based on open definitions in CTDL, enables broader benefits using data that is both humanly-readable and machine-actionable. Credentialing ecosystems include: education, training, workforce development, professional development, work-based learning, academic programs, non-credit opportunities, and more.  Some examples of applicable education and employment outcomes metrics include: Associate Degree Nursing Program Pass Rates; Postsecondary Employment Outcomes; State Agency Education Statistics, and Education Program Performance Results.

Credential Engine is hosting a targeted Task Group focusing on the metrics used in determining outcomes in credentialing ecosystems, to further expand and refine the CTDL terms available to describe them.  By participating in the CTDL Education and Employment Outcomes Metrics Task Group, you’ll play a vital role in improving how the CTDL meets the evolving needs of credentialing ecosystems.

This Task Group will focus on education and employment-related outcomes metrics, sets of numeric values associated with various types of outcomes that can be described with CTDL Quantitative Data (QData). Relevant metrics include data sets that help people:

  • understand the characteristics of educational opportunities and students’ aggregate achievements
  • inform decision making about educational opportunities
  • compare outcomes resulting from participating in educational opportunities
  • gain insights about the relationship between educational opportunities and employment

At Credential Engine, we believe in a transparent and open process for evolving the CTDL as defined by our significant updates policy. We recognize that the world of metrics for education and employment outcomes is constantly evolving, and we’re committed to keeping pace with these changes.

What to Expect: As a member of the CTDL Education and Employment Outcomes Metrics Task Group (E2OM), you’ll participate as a subject matter and/or technical expert. Together, we’ll generate use cases, define a CTDL model, and propose new terms to describe a wide range of metrics and their relationships to credential organizations, credentials, learning programs, assessments, and other relevant entities.

Your Contribution Matters: By joining our task group, you’ll help ensure that the CTDL remains at the forefront of quantitative data representation, ultimately benefiting individuals, employers, credentialing organizations, educational institutions, and other stakeholders. Your insights and expertise will shape how education and employment-related metrics are integrated into the CTDL, making it a more comprehensive and adaptable resource.  Join us on this exciting journey to enhance the CTDL and its role in the world of metrics

Click Here to Join the CTDL Education and Employment Outcomes Metrics Task Group

Who: We are looking for subject matter and technical experts across a wide spectrum of fields, including government, research, education, training, industry, and business. If you fall into any of the following categories, we invite you to be part of our dynamic group:

  • Subject Matter Experts with experience in developing, implementing, or approving metrics related to education and employment outcomes.
  • Users of Education and Employment Outcomes Metrics who actively use outcomes metrics in your work, including research.
  • Education and Career Pathway Experts with a background in designing or implementing education and career pathways, especially those grounded in education outcomes metrics.
  • Technical Experts with knowledge of existing standards or technical implementations for education and employment outcomes metrics.

By bringing together individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences, we aim to create a collaborative environment that fosters innovation and inclusivity.  At Credential Engine, we believe that diversity in knowledge and expertise is key to our mission’s success. We welcome individuals from various backgrounds and roles, and we encourage you to join the CTDL Education and Employment Outcomes Metrics Task Group, regardless of your geographical location or prior CTDL knowledge. 

When and where: The Education and Employment Outcomes Metrics Task Group is anticipated to begin on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, and will hold approximately six, one-hour bi-weekly meetings. The meeting schedule is as follows at 11:00 am Eastern Time (See the World Clock for your local time):

  1. Wednesday, 2024-March-20 (World Clock)
  2. Wednesday, 2024- April- 3 (World Clock)
  3. Wednesday, 2024-April- 17 (World Clock)
  4. Wednesday, 2024-May-1 (World Clock)
  5. Wednesday, 2024-May-15 (World Clock)
  6. Wednesday, 2024-May-29 (World Clock) 

All meetings will be recorded, and materials will be shared with all participants.

Resources: Credential Engine will create and provide all resources needed for this work, based on Task Group CTG input, and share them for ongoing feedback between meetings. All feedback and materials are transparently available following an open development process

Outcomes: The final products of this work include the expanded use cases, real-world data examples, and relevant CTDL domain model and terms with definitions, and data standards mapping.  All outputs from the process are public information made available under open licenses.

Processes: The resultant outputs will be reviewed via an open webinar for Credential Engine’s task group members and other stakeholders, followed by a public comment period. This efficient process ensures orderly changes that support and expand the durable, persistent value of CTDL Linked Open Data. Once this process is completed, the CTDL family of standards and Handbook will be updated, along with the Credential Registry publishing and consuming tools. The Registry and related tools and resources are freely available for publishing data to the Credential Registry.

Contact Credential Engine: If you have any questions about this task group, please email This mailbox is monitored during normal U.S. business hours.

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