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Connected Credentials and Competencies: New Insights

December 30, 1899


Connected Credentials and Competencies: New Insights

As a part of the Alternative Credit Project, supported through a generous grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ACE pursued two projects on the related topics of connected credentials and competency-based education (CBE). The intention was to elucidate quality in these areas of innovation.

ACE convened experts from academia and workforce to discuss the current state of CBE and how to communicate the quality of CBE programs. These discussions came to focus on how employers view CBE: employer’s value competencies, but they do not get clear signals from higher education institutions about the competencies of graduates. Through a survey of employers and a focus group with industry experts, the project gathered insights into the problems caused by a lack of clear communication about competencies and how higher education institutions can improve their own processes to increase the value of competencies for all stakeholders. These insights are applicable to all academic programs, not just CBE programs. The results are published in the white paper, “Communicating the Value of Competencies.”

ACE also convened experts from academia and workforce to discuss current ways of making connections among credentials and what constitutes quality in connected credentials (including degrees, diplomas, licenses, certificates, badges, and professional/industry certifications). These discussions came to focus on dimensions of quality for connected credentials that help stakeholders understand and promote the value of relationships among credentials for career pathways and lifelong learning. The results are published in the white paper, “Quality Dimensions for Connected Credentials.”

We have posted below a recording of ACE’s Webcast of the Connected Credentials and Competencies: New Insights event.     

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