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ACE Co-Sponsors Crowdsourced Competition to Close Skills Gap

November 30, 2016


​ACE is teaming up with Credly, the digital credential platform, and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for a Lumina Foundation-supported competition to identify breakthrough ideas in training and credentialing for high-demand skills and competencies.

The crowdsourcing challenge is open to the public and designed to generate the type of innovative thinking that will help close the skills gap and that reflects the shift toward competency-based hiring among employers seeking job-ready applicants. In addition to monetary awards from Lumina of up to $10,000, the winners will have the opportunity to present their idea at ASAE's Great Ideas Conference, March 5-7, 2017, in Orlando, FL.

ACE's Center for Education Attainment and Innovation has led the national movement to recognize and promote adult learner programs in higher education. The Council’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping students gain access to academic credit for formal training taken outside traditional degree programs.

"Embracing multiple pathways and offering a more coherent system that recognizes skills demonstrated in both academic and industry contexts is critical to ensuring that our students attain the credentials they need to be successful in today's workplace," said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. "Using digital credentials to surface skills learned in the classroom and through industry experience can help bridge the gap between education and the world of work. We are eager to bring to light innovative models and ideas that help learners get credit for meaningful knowledge and abilities observed across learning and professional environments."

The challenge will be hosted on the InnoCentive crowdsourcing platform. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 30 at 11:59 PM EST. To learn more about the challenge requirements and how to submit an entry, visit the challenge page.

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