Making Information About Credentials More Actionable Through Increased Transparency and Quality Assurance

May 27, 2021

The value of credential transparency rises exponentially when it includes assurances of quality. Many states are already collecting data on credentials from degree-granting and non-degree-granting providers. But most state leaders desire quality information to improve decision making from the State Capitol to the classroom and to the kitchen table of individual opportunity seekers. Quality information is timely, comparable, reliable, and useful. Decision makers at all levels require quality data around job opportunities, skill and knowledge demands, and which credentials and pathways to pursue. Providing decision makers at all levels with frameworks to describe the attributes of a quality credential is one that requires partnership across state policymakers and with other stakeholders such as employers, education and training providers, advocates, and accreditors.