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Credential Transparency Initiative Collaborative Launches


Higher Education and Industry Partners Convene to Improve Clarity in U.S. Credentialing Marketplace

At the launch event's plenary session, members of the collaborative provided input on all aspects of the CTI's strategy and work plan, including the criteria and metrics by which the value and effectiveness of the registry and its apps will be measured at the end of the pilot test.

The plenary was followed by breakout sessions of the collaborative's committees and subcommittees, building on earlier meetings of nationally-recognized representatives from the higher education, quality assurance, and technical communities.

The credential registry is on target to launch in spring 2016. The CTI project team is working closely with credentialing organizations to make information about their credentials and quality assurance processes available for the pilot test. These pilot-site partners include universities and community colleges that award a variety of credentials - from certificates and AA degrees to BA/BS degrees - as well as organizations outside higher education that award industry certifications, certificates, and credentials, such as licenses and badges.

The CTI is led by a partnership between the George Washington University's Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP); Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); and Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale's Center for Workforce Development. Strategic direction of the initiative is provided by an executive committee consisting of the American Council on Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, Business Roundtable, the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board, the Manufacturing Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).

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About the George Washington Institute of Public Policy

The George Washington Institute of Public Policy is a research center at the George Washington University that has special strengths in workforce development, postsecondary education, and labor market analysis.

About Workcred

Formed in 2014 as an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute, Workcred is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively.

About SIU

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a public doctoral research university serving 17,989 students. SIU's Center for Workforce Development implements education, leadership and technology advancement initiatives that support the development of a college- and career-ready workforce.

About Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina's outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive, and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025.


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