Roadmap to Credential Transparency for States
State leaders can make progress toward credential transparency in a number of ways:
Understand the Value:
- Learn how credential transparency can benefit students, workers, employers, educators, policymakers, and others
Make the Case:
- Communicate clear use cases to benefit students, workers, employers, educators, programs, and key policy goals
- Commit to using a common language and identify what data about credentials and competencies are necessary to be transparent and publicly available
Align with Existing Education and Workforce Data Commitments:
- Ensure this work is integrated with, complements, and strengthens quality, attainment, equity, access, affordability, and P-20W data efforts to ensure continuity and impact
Catalog and Publish the Credentials Offered and Sought at Local, State, and Federal Scale:
- Inventory all credentials in your jurisdiction
- Publish all credentials and their competencies to the Credential Registry and the Open Web in CTDL and CTDL-ASN
Turn these Data into Actionable Information:
- Link and align credential data with other essential data
- Support the creation of user-end tools, services, and systems with robust navigation and guidance capabilities
Build Enduring Commitment:
- Ensure sustainability of credential transparency through legislative, agency, and institution policies that continuously improve credential transparency for the benefits of its citizens and markets
- Establish the necessary infrastructure for enduring data transparency
Read “Making Sense of Credentials: A State Roadmap and Action Guide for Transparency” to uncover ways that state leaders can help prioritize and create better credential transparency.
Dive into a series of Policy Briefs that expand on concepts from the Roadmap and explore the ways that credential transparency can be supported, integrated, and leveraged within states.
Explore the map below to see how states are approaching the work, and use the Toolkit to take action in your state.