From RealClear Policy – An Overlooked Solution to Workforce & Skills Alignment

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed there are currently over 11.4 million job openings across the country, and this expansive landscape of endless possibilities and can be overwhelming for  anyone seeking to start, advance, or change careers. In addition, potential students and jobseekers are inundated with  nearly 1 million different choices of degrees, certificates, apprenticeships, badges and licenses

Education Design Lab and Credential Engine partner to build equitable pathways

The following is an excerpt from a joint blog with Education Design Lab. We encourage you to read the full blog post.   Education Design Lab (the Lab) and Credential Engine announce a partnership to support community college systems and related state agencies in their efforts to prepare for the heightened expansion of skills-based learning and hiring. This partnership will

Open Skills and Rich Skill Descriptors: CTDL Enables Connections and Collaboration

With growing momentum for skills-based education and hiring, we all need to work together on shared solutions for more equitable ecosystems that enable everyone to have the skills necessary to thrive in a fast-moving and ever-evolving workforce. The Open Skills Network has advanced this work by releasing the open-source Open Skills Management Tool. The Western

The Power of Open Skills Data in the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL)

Did you know that there are over 51,000 competencies and skills publicly available in the Registry? Did you know that the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) supports 66 different properties for richly defining competencies and skills, such as occupational alignment, connections to credentials, and performance levels? These are important facts to know, because as we

From Degrees to Competencies: What A Shift to Competencies Could Mean for Employers and Students

Jeff Grann, Credential Engine, and Becky Klein-Collins, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, have collaborated on a four-part blog series exploring competency transparency in our learning and labor market systems, the potential role that postsecondary institutions can play, and the work needed to get there. The following is an excerpt from the second article in

Credential Transparency Illuminates Paths to a Better Future

Credential Engine’s newest research report, Counting U.S. Postsecondary and Secondary Credentials, finds that there are nearly 1 million credentials off­ered in the U.S. While these represent important opportunities for people to get ahead, the current landscape is not easily navigable. With so many credentials to choose from—and without widespread adoption of standards for comparing and

Getting Involved in Credential Transparency: A Roadmap for States

In the wake of unprecedented labor market uncertainty, state policymakers and agencies have a huge responsibility in ensuring their residents and employers thrive. The problem is that with nearly 1,000,000 unique credentials in the U.S., it can be unclear what a credential means, how credentials differ from one another, what skills they represent, how credentials

Making Learner and Worker Records More Meaningful, Relevant, and Actionable: The Value of the Credential Transparency Description Language

Together we’ve made a lot of progress toward ensuring that essential information about credentials, competencies, pathways, quality, outcomes, and connections to jobs and occupations is openly available on the web and is machine actionable.   Key to this progress is the growing adoption and use of the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) schemas to describe credentials

U.S. Department of Labor O*NET and Industry Model Competency Frameworks in the Credential Registry

Now more than ever, workers, employers, and educators need to clearly understand the connections between credentials, competencies, and occupations. As millions of people seek education and training programs that will help them re-skill for opportunities in rapidly changing economic circumstances, it’s critical for them to know what skills they will gain from these programs and