In times of economic uncertainty, students, job seekers, educational providers, and employers are seeking innovative strategies to build a stronger, more secure future. Creating new stackable credential pathways are one such innovation, according to an article featured in RealClear Education authored by Karen Elzey, associate director of Workcred, and Shalin Jyotishi of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).
Working under a grant from Lumina Foundation, Workcred is partnering with APLU and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) to identify opportunities to integrate industry certifications into undergraduate degrees, with the aim that it will lead to better outcomes for students. Such outcomes may include tangible benefits such as higher salaries, higher rates of hire, and faster promotion tracks.
It is important that certifications be high quality, and the article provides guidance on how the quality of a certification can be gauged. For instance, it is crucial to understand the credibility of the organization issuing the certification as well as the development and governance processes for that certification. Certification bodies should be transparent and independent, helping to ensure impartiality and minimize conflicts of interest. A marker of quality is also third party accreditation from organizations such as the ANSI National Accreditation Board.
Read the article, Combining Degrees with Quality Certifications is a Win for Everyone.