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Quality Dimensions for Connected Credentials

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Quality Dimensions for Connected Credentials

February 25, 2016

Co-authored by Deborah Everhart (Georgetown University), Evelyn Ganzglass (Corporation for a Skilled Workforce), Carla Casilli (OpenWorks Group), Daniel Hickey (Indiana University), and Brandon Muramatsu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
This paper provides context for understanding the value of connected credentials. It is intended to help higher education decision-makers analyze the connectedness of credentials an institution already provides, those it is considering developing, and/or those to which it connects or plans to connect through articulation, transfer, credit for prior learning, career pathways, and/or education-to-employment bridges. This paper includes definitions of credentials, problems stakeholders currently encounter, six dimensions of quality that support connected credentials (transparency, modularity, portability, relevance, validity, and equity), and challenge questions to stimulate discussion and visualize potential futures for enhancing the quality of connected credentials.


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