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ACTE has joined more than 40 business, labor and education groups in a national dialogue to examine the current disjointed system of credentials and develop solutions for a more connected, transparent, skill-based credential system.
A companion piece from the Lumina Foundation, Connecting Credentials: Making the Case for Reforming the U.S. Credentialing System*, summarizes current credentialing challenges, including the many types of credentials (degrees, certificates, licenses, industry-recognized certifications); the varying students served by postsecondary education; the many categories of providers in this space; and the lack of quality assurance for credentials. It highlights the growing percentage of credentials being earned through CTE programs. Finally, the publication proposes creating a more systemic approach to credentials, with a common language, a common set of metrics and a commitment to quality, connectedness and comparability across different types of credentials.
A website, www.connectingcredentials.org, has launched, featuring resources from partners such as the American Association of Community Colleges, Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Jobs for the Future, the Manufacturing Institute and the National Network of Business and Industry Associations. In the fall, a summit is planned with more than 200 stakeholder organizations.
We are excited to contribute to this conversation, given the critical importance of CTE programs, and the credentials students earn through CTE programs, to developing a skilled workforce.
* An earlier version of this blog post mis-identified the paper above as Connecting Credentials: A Beta Credentials Framework, which was released along with the Lumina initiative launch.
Connecting Credentials: A Beta Credentials Framework describes the beta Credentials Framework, developed on behalf of Lumina Foundation by experts from the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). It addresses competencies—knowledge and skills that learners should have—that are the basis of a variety of credentials awarded across different career fields.
The beta framework is organized around knowledge and skills, and skills are further broken down into specialized skills (related to problem solving, systems thinking and the application of skills), personal skills and social skills. There are eight levels of progress within each domain.
Lumina plans a multi-pronged approach to improving the beta framework, including credential mapping, a technical review, experiments in the field to evaluate proof-of-concept and insights from the national dialogue, which ACTE has joined.
Posted by Catherine Imperatore on 06/12/2015 at 09:00 AM in Postsecondary Issues | Permalink
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