- Midwestern Higher Education Compact
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) and Credential Engine received a grant from the Ascendium Foundation to work with all Credential Engine Midwest states to help move them along a path toward credential transparency. Much of this work will be accomplished by building a regional community of practice known as The Midwest Credential Transparency Alliance (MCTA). Each MHEC state will have a team of representatives from higher education agencies/systems, K-12 agencies, workforce development agencies, and governor’s offices who will collaborate to break down data silos and support the creation of a rich, interoperable, linked work and learn data ecosystem. Such a system will allow states to publish their credentials to the Credential Registry, which will provide a free, open access tool for students, educators, and employers to search for and learn about all of the credentials offered throughout the Midwest.
MCTA’s intention is not to duplicate efforts, but instead to help align and extend value to work Midwest states are already doing or are planning to do. MCTA is working together to identify current data workflows and sources, as well as discover opportunities to use more transparent, open-source credential information to help meet state goals.