Commit Now to Credential Transparency
November 04, 2019

ACE, AACRAO, EDUCAUSE and Credential Engine lead the way on postsecondary data innovation

On Monday, 15 national postsecondary education organizations signed a joint statement of support for credential data transparency. The statement marks a critical push by the higher education community to dismantle long-held data silos and unlock the power of open data to better serve students.

In the statement, ACE, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and EDUCAUSE encourage their members to describe their credential offerings with common language and house data in an open, cloud-based registry in order to empower students, workers, employers, and policymakers to make more informed decisions about credentials and their value.

“As we look to bolster public confidence in our higher education system and improve student outcomes, colleges and universities should embrace credential transparency principles,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “These principles will be integral in ensuring that quality learning is connected and counted.”

Recent years have seen explosive growth in the number and types of credentials in the marketplace; new research from Credential Engine reveals that over 730,000 unique credentials are now being offered in the U.S. alone.

The statement highlights the importance of a comprehensive digital registry where credentials of all types and the knowledge, skills, abilities, and outcomes they represent can be easily translated across systems. Credentials that can be compared across institutions, states, and even international borders provide a unique opportunity to tackle some of the industry’s most pressing issues around documentation, recognition, transferability, and portability of learning across the learn and work system.

The statement’s signees, find a full list here, will kick off transparency efforts this year, with the expectation to scale efforts as specific initiatives take shape, technologies get connected to the Credential Registry, and opportunities to increase credential transparency are identified.

Click here to read the statement and click here to find resources and learn more about how to commit to credential transparency.


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