Institutions & Systems

Credential Engine has worked with institutions and systems to craft customized policies to ensure that essential credential information will be available as open data. Examples include principles and commitments in strategic plans, requirements regarding public data availability, and obligations within contracting and procurement processes.


States have taken a lead on policy around credential transparency.  Key actions have included:

  • an executive order in Connecticut; 
  • legislation in Connecticut, Florida, Texas and Vermont; 
  • contracting and procurement requirements in Indiana and Texas; and
  • agencies regulations and requirements in New Jersey, Washington, Alabama.

Credential Engine works with a network of state policy and advocacy organizations, and has produced a State Roadmap and Action Guide and several policy briefs that support states looking to enact sustaining policies.  This network includes the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, Education Commission of the States, National Association of State Workforce Agencies, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, Data Quality Campaign, and National Skills Coalition.  

Federal & National

Several U.S. federal agencies have taken steps to support credential transparency.  The U.S. Department of Labor has included transparency requirements in all discretionary grants under the Employment and Training Administration.  The U.S. Department of Education has done the same as part of their Reemerging Workforce Preparation grants.  The U.S. Navy is working to more fully utilize open data, including regarding credentials, competencies, and skill requirements of engineered systems through CTDL.  

Additionally, credential transparency requirements have been included in various bills to reauthorize major federal legislation, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  

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