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How to Align Digital Credentials with Meaningful CTDL Data

Examples of digital credentials that are designed to include alignments to the Registry are Open Badges, W3C Verifiable Credentials, and Velocity Network credentials. Use these simple steps to enrich digital credentials by linking to CTDL data in the Registry.

Using Credential Transparency to Advance Student Success and State Outcomes: Spotlight on Indiana 

Given the advantages of credential transparency to improve equitable student and state outcomes, numerous state higher education executive officers (SHEEO) organizations and the institutions they work with have begun to implement credential transparency and registries in their states. To explain the value of these registries, SHEEO has highlighted Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education (ICHE).

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Learning Economy Foundation and Credential Engine Joint Services Scaling LER Ecosystems with Linked Open Data and LearnCard

Learning Economy Foundation (LEF) and Credential Engine (CE) are excited to announce a partnership and joint services offering to empower learners and accelerate the adoption of open tools and protocols that enable individual agency and organizational insights. Together, LEF and CE bring a complementary package of technologies and best practices to states, post-secondary institutions, employers, and any organization looking to make ecosystem-level impact at scale.

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Credential Transparency Self-Assessment

This self-assessment tool provides an overview of the specific steps laid out in the “Making Sense of Credentials: A State Roadmap and Action Guide for Transparency” report that state leaders can take to help integrate a common data infrastructure into their statewide education systems and to build a public, open marketplace for information about credentials for learners, workers, employers, and others to make informed decisions about credentials and pathways.


The Fast Train from Chaos

Board member, Kathleen deLaski, shares her thoughts on the chaos caused by the "unbundling" of higher education and examines the findings of the 2022 Counting Credentials report.


Counting U.S. Secondary and Postsecondary Credentials Report (2022)

Learners, educators, and policymakers recognize that high school completion and education beyond high school are critical for individuals to thrive in a complex global economy. This fourth Counting Credentials report attempts to count the total credentials available, following a thorough and rigorous method for each credential type. The report identifies 1,076,358 unique credentials in the U.S.


Education and Training Expenditures in the U.S. Report (2022)

Learners, educators, employers, and policymakers understand that expenditures on education and training are necessary to develop the skills and talent required by today’s and tomorrow’s workforce. However, we do not have a robust understanding of how much we spend nationwide on acquiring these necessary skills and credentials.

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State Roadmap & Action Guide

Your State or Region’s credential transparency journey starts here.


Our toolkits contain useful resources for States and organizations looking to implement credential transparency. Our State Toolkit is specifically designed to be used with our Roadmap & Action Guide.

Partner Map

Meet the partners that are bringing credential transparency to their states and regions.

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