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Why is Credential Transparency Valuable?

Credential transparency is valuable to the whole credential marketplace, as clear credential data can help inform so many critical stages in both education and workforce development.

Adding the context of credential information–what they mean, their value in the marketplace, and their connections to careers and other credentials--enables students to make more informed education decisions, employers to make better hiring decisions, credential bodies to make better strategic decisions about the future of their programs, states to create more comprehensive economic plans, and the military to more efficiently train service members as well as translate veteran skills for the civilian workforce. Through partnerships, Credential Engine helps strategically connect your work with the vast landscape of credentials.

Through Credential Engine, technologies are now available to:

Collect

credential data in a common language across all types of credentials from all types of providers.

Connect

credential data across systems and to other credentials.

Compare

credential data in real-time.

Curate

credential data in new ways to meet educational and economic needs.

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A transparent credential marketplace helps partners:

Plan at the organizational, association, or statewide level for the future of work by adding much-needed credential context.

Utilize credential data to identify high value, in-demand credentials.

Make policy recommendations for improving programs and filling gaps to better align with employer demand.

Map credentials to employment outcomes to inform workforce and education policy.

Streamline efforts to connect and evaluate credential information.

Who We’re Working With

States & Regions

Credential transparency is valuable to the whole credential marketplace, as clear credential data can help inform so many critical stages in both education and workforce.

Alabama

Led by the Governor's Office, Alabama plans to use linked credential data to better connect employers, education providers, and students, beginning with high-demand sectors. Ultimately, the state plans to develop a one-stop platform to house longitudinal data, serve as a student backpack, and provide an employer signaling platform. Relevant credential data will also be published to the Registry to contribute to the ultimate goal of enhancing learners’ access to career pathways.

Colorado

Initiated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, in partnership with other Colorado state agencies—Colorado will publish information about credentials to the Registry as part of a multi-agency Data Trust, which allows stakeholders across the state to share and collaborate on data. Making this secure data linked and transparent is an important part of My Colorado Journey, a powerful, personal and private platform that provides step-by-step guidance for accomplishing career and education goals.

Indiana

Through the Commission for Higher Education, Indiana was the first state scale up initiative, where they first focused on publishing information about healthcare credentials, with a focus on the connection to military training and highlighting Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Indiana initiative to demonstrate which credentials are related to high-priority industries. Indiana is now in the second phase of its project, where it is working with all public institutions to publish data about all credentials to the Registry.

Kansas

Led by the Board of Regents (KBOR), Kansas will publish all active degrees, certificates, and short-term technical programs offered by the public postsecondary schools in the state with the goal of increasing visibility and comparison across state lines. Further, they will use the Registry to articulate credit for military experience and to indicate high-demand, high-wage credentials.

Los Angeles

In partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and workforce data experts at BrightHive, Credential Engine is bringing together a network of partners to examine the Los Angeles region’s current credential landscape and identify ways to publish data to the Credential Registry. Through this work, the partnership is expanding local initiatives, bolster new opportunities, and developing a sustainability plan that improves outcomes across the County.

Louisiana

Louisiana’s work, led by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, aims to better serve a growing portion of higher education students who often struggle to complete credentialing programs, starting with veterans and other students with prior learning experience. The state will focus its initial efforts on high-wage, high-demand industry sectors including welding, construction, and manufacturing.

Maine

Maine is one of four states participating in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative led by New England Board of Higher Education in partnership with Credential Engine. HVCNE provides four states with the tools and technical assistance to identify high-value credentials in the life and biosciences, information technology, healthcare and business and financial operations industries—and populate these credentials to Credential Engine’s Credential Registry.

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts is one of four states participating in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative led by New England Board of Higher Education in partnership with Credential Engine. HVCNE provides four states with the tools and technical assistance to identify high-value credentials in the life and biosciences, information technology, healthcare and business and financial operations industries—and populate these credentials to Credential Engine’s Credential Registry.

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Michigan

Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency (TIA)—the state’s primary workforce development office— will focus on publishing credentials related to healthcare, information technology and computer science, manufacturing, business, and other professional trades to support the Governor’s Marshall Plan for Talent. By completing this project, they will be able to better identify and map career pathways and expand Registered Apprenticeships in these high demand sectors in Michigan. Additionally, they will integrate credential data from the Registry into their free Career Pathfinder tool, enabling students and jobseekers to access more complete information about career pathways and training options.

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Minnesota

In Minnesota, three agencies—Minnesota State, Office of Higher Education and the Department of Employment and Economic Development—will work together to use the Registry as a publicly searchable database for the credentials offered in the state, thereby creating a centralized one-stop experience for Minnesotans looking for education and training options. This work will transform how the state shares information about its public programs with students.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire is one of four states participating in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative led by New England Board of Higher Education in partnership with Credential Engine. HVCNE provides four states with the tools and technical assistance to identify high-value credentials in the life and biosciences, information technology, healthcare and business and financial operations industries—and populate these credentials to Credential Engine’s Credential Registry.

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New Jersey

Led by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey’s state scale up project is focused on publishing information about credentials that are offered in its seven Talent Development Centers. The Centers provide training in: Advanced Manufacturing; Construction & Utilities; Financial Services; Healthcare; Retail, Hospitality, & Tourism; and Transportation, Logistics, & Distribution. The New Jersey team is also working with other New Jersey agencies and systems to develop use cases and strategies for further scale up.

Ohio

Ohio’s scale up project is led by their Department of Higher Education, with help from its stakeholder partners. There, they will coordinate publishing data about credentials in the information technology and cybersecurity sectors. In doing so, they aim to reveal the labor market value of credential options, strengthen pathways from secondary career technical education to postsecondary credentials, inform policy used for career and education advising in all Ohio secondary schools, and help ensure veterans are receiving proper credit for military training.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island is one of four states participating in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative led by New England Board of Higher Education in partnership with Credential Engine. HVCNE provides four states with the tools and technical assistance to identify high-value credentials in the life and biosciences, information technology, healthcare and business and financial operations industries—and populate these credentials to Credential Engine’s Credential Registry.

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Washington

Washington’s partnership with Credential Engine is led by the state’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTCEB), a state agency that works to maintain Washington’s economic health by raising the skill level of Washington’s workforce through education and preparation. WTCEB will map and publish information about the programs listed in its Career Bridge platform to improve transparency and mobility.

Partners

The Credential Transparency Partnership Program highlights organizations that are able to help credential providers publish to the Credential Registry and the open web. These partners will use either Credential Engine’s publishing tools, their own, or the providers’ to map credential data to the CTDL, and from there to the Registry. Let us know if you need help publishing, or just contact one of these partners.

Powerminds

Powerminds has partnered with the California Community Colleges to launch an innovative project focused on bridging the gap between education and workforce needs in the state. Utilizing advanced data analytics, Powerminds has identified all credentials associated with occupations to provide better alignment with high demand jobs. The new Platform as a Service (PAAS), Credential Wallet™ is designed to inform educators, students and employers which credentials are offered and aligned in education programs pathwayed to jobs. Credential Wallet ™ delivers the first ever variable-rich environment including real-time salaries by geographic location, and all related quality measures in the world of credentials. Learn more at https://power-minds.com/

Ellucian

Ellucian and Credential Engine are analyzing a variety of integration solutions and have decided to focus on utilizing the Ethos product for publishing services. The technical teams are mapping the associated data models and documenting supportive process flows for publishing via the Registry Assistant API. Learn more at www.ellucian.com

DXTERA

DXtera (a non-profit, member-based organization that develops solutions to overcome integration challenges) is working with the Credential Engine team to develop an integration solution to support more efficient publishing workflows from a member's source systems. In particular, DXtera has works with the New England Board of Higher Education, the University System of New Hampshire (and 4 campuses), and the Community College System of New Hampshire (and 7 campuses) to analyze how key credential data are created, updated, and stored in Banner as well as other data systems. This analysis will inform automated publishing of rich credential information to the Registry at scale and can deploy this specific integration solution to support their systems. Once completed, members will have access to this shared solution to assist with their Credential Engine publishing and loading needs. Learn more at http://dxtera.org/

Credly

Credly is helping the world speak a common language about people's knowledge, skills, and abilities. By working with Credential Engine and standards like CDTL that enable interoperability among various systems, Credly is working with clients to publish credential data to and from the Credential Registry. Learn more at Credly.com

BrightHive

BrightHive helps organizations, networks, & communities securely and responsibly link their data to enhance their impact, empower individual and collective decision making, and increase equity of opportunity through collaborative data trusts. In the development of these data trusts, BrightHive will partner with Credential Engine to enable education and training providers, higher education state agencies, and others to publish their credential data to the Credential Registry using the CTDL standard. BrightHive will also help support uses of the CTDL in the Jobs Data Exchange and help states create outcomes data tied to credentials that can be published to the Registry. Learn more at brighthive.io

Credential Commons

Credential Commons has already successfully published many credentials to the registry and will be working with additional colleges soon, including Fresno City College. Supportive programming is also being developed to 'onboard' key administrative roles in support of credential transparency for launch this Fall. Learn more at https://credentialcommons.org/

Retail & Hospitality

The Retail and Hospitality Credentials Initiative is a national effort to identify, capture, and publish the full range of industry credentials currently available in the retail, hospitality, restaurant, lodging and related sectors. Supported through a Walmart grant and in concert with the National Retail Federation Foundation, the National Restaurant Association, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Initiative publishes data on retail and hospitality credentials—from badges and certificates to degrees, licenses, and everything in between—to the Credential Registry. Among the many partners on this project are LinkedIn, Achieving the Dream, and Jobs for the Future.

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Military

Credential Engine is engaged in a wide range of initiatives with various branches and the Department of Defense to use credential transparency and clear pathway information in support of improved recruitment, development, advancement, deployment, and successful transition as a veteran. Among our initiatives is a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme (NSWC PHD) in California to investigate how the CTDL can be used to map and translate current Navy technical standards for tracking changes in training, equipment upgrades, and maintenance needs. The Navy will also analyze their ability to add these credentials to the Credential Registry, thereby improving transparency and comparability for service members and civilians alike.

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Associations

Credential Engine works with membership associations and association foundations in education, business, technology, and other areas to expand the Credential Registry, offer new and valuable uses for credential data, and bring Credential Engine’s efforts to scale.

Vendors

Credential Engine’s vendor partners work to explore and develop new use cases and applications for the rich data provided by the Credential Registry.

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National Science Foundation

Through the support of the National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator Pilot, Credential Engine is working with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Lumina Foundation to develop a larger partner network to identify and build critical data exchanges between education and workforce systems in Indiana. This Phase 1 work will result in a Phase 2 proposal to support state-level guidance on how to break down data silos between education and workforce and empower policymakers with the information they need to make strategic economic and programmatic investments as well as provide students and workers with the data to make informed decisions about their learning and career pathways.

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Spotlight

National Science Foundation Funds Initial Work to Create Stronger Connections Between Education and Workforce in Indiana

Phase 1 award will support a collaborative effort to identify and tackle statewide data challenges