Credential Engine and State Partnerships:
Clear Data Powers Better Decisions

State policymakers and agencies play a vital role in ensuring their residents and employers have the information they need to make well-informed decisions. States are tasked with meeting multiple, often competing, goals to efficiently and effectively identify, fund, and deliver education and training services. However, the tools and approaches typically used to make these determinations involve data that are often kept in silos and on incompatible systems, leading to confusion and frustration. There are hundreds of thousands of education and training opportunities in the U.S., and transparency about credentials and their competencies and efficient data practices are essential to many of the key decisions states must make. With Credential Engine’s infrastructure – including the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) and open-source Credential Registry – states can provide short-term solutions to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economy—and make key contributions to long-term structural change and innovation.

Roadmap to Credential Transparency for States

State leaders can make progress toward credential transparency in a number of ways:

Understand the Value:

  1. Learn how credential transparency can benefit students, workers, employers, educators, policymakers, and others

Make the Case:

  1. Communicate clear use cases to benefit students, workers, employers, educators, programs, and key policy goals
  2. 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:

  1. 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:

  1. Inventory all credentials in your jurisdiction
  2. 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:

  1. Link and align credential data with other essential data
  2. Support the creation of user-end tools, services, and systems with robust navigation and guidance capabilities

Build Enduring Commitment:

  1. Ensure sustainability of credential transparency through legislative, agency, and institution policies that continuously improve credential transparency for the benefits of its citizens and markets
  2. Establish the necessary infrastructure for enduring data transparency

Explore the map below to see how states are approaching the work, and use the Toolkit to take action in your state.

State & Regional Partnerships

The work is already underway in 19 states and regions. Use the map to learn more about how each partner has approached the work and to explore state and regional specific resources.

Alabama

Key Partners

  • Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation (Lead)
  • Alabama Commission on Higher Education
  • Alabama Department of Labor
  • Alabama Department of Commerce
  • Alabama Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways

Resources

Colorado

Key Partners

  • Colorado Workforce Development Council (Lead)
  • Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Colorado Commission on Higher Education
  • Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
  • Colorado Department of Human Services
  • BrightHive

Resources

Illinois

Key Partners

  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Employment and Training

Resources

Indiana

Key Partners

  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education (Lead)
  • Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • All public institutions
  • Independent Colleges of Indiana
  • Skillful Indiana
  • South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership
  • South Bend City of Lifelong Learning

Kansas

Key Partners

  • Kansas Board of Regents (Lead)

Los Angeles

Key Partners

  • UNITE-LA (Lead)

Resources

Louisiana

Key Partners

  • Louisiana Community and Technical College System (Lead)

Resources

Maine

Key Partners

  • New England Board of Higher Education (Lead)
  • Maine Community College System
  • University of Maine System

Resources

Massachusetts

Key Partners

  • New England Board of Higher Education (Lead)
  • Participating Community Colleges
  • Emsi

Resources

Michigan

Key Partners

  • Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (Lead)
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

Minnesota

Key Partners

  • Minnesota Office of Higher Education (Lead)
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (Lead)
  • Minnesota State (Lead)

Resources

New England

Key Partners

  • New England Board of Higher Education

New Hampshire

Key Partners

  • New England Board of Higher Education (Lead)
  • University System of New Hampshire
  • Community College System of New Hampshire
  • DXtera

Resources

New Jersey

Key Partners

  • New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (Lead)

Resources

New York

Key Partners

  • New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals

Ohio

Key Partners

  • Ohio Department of Higher Education

Resources

Rhode Island

Key Partners

  • New England Board of Higher Education (Lead)

South Dakota

Key Partners

  • South Dakota Board of Technical Education

Resources

Vermont

Key Partners

  • Advance Vermont

Washington

Key Partners

  • Washington Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board (Lead)

What is the Value of the Registry for States and their Residents?

State leaders are cataloging their credentials with a common language and making this information easily accessible and actionable. Across these states, the use of a common language and connected data is creating greater efficiency. For example:

  • Agencies can use the Credential Registry for approving functions. A few state partners including New Jersey and Washington are integrating the Credential Registry with their Eligible Training Providers Lists (ETPLs).
  • Statewide attainment goals can be supported by credential transparency. Michigan is leveraging its work with Credential Engine to support a statewide goal to increase the number of Michiganders with a high-quality postsecondary credential from 45 to 60 percent by 2030.
  • Data systems and strategies can be better connected across the state. Alabama will use Credential Registry data to identify and promote high-value, high-demand, and fast-growing career pathways and credentials of value. That same information will also be connected to the statewide longitudinal data system to ensure richer descriptions of student achievement.

Take Action in Your State

Contact

  1. Emilie Rafal
  2. 434-409-8646
  3. erafal@credentialengine.org

Join the Movement

States can take action now by implementing policy and publishing plans using the roadmap above. States that partner with Credential Engine can more effectively harness the power of credential data, better promote and implement credential transparency, and build new solutions that innovate the education and workforce space. Explore the resources in the Toolkit, or contact us to learn more.