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Connect Credentials: Bridge Education & Employment

Disconnected, opaque credentials fail to address the gap between education and employment. The Connecting Credentials initiative tackles this issue by bringing together diverse organizations from education, industry, government, and policy to develop resources for a shared understanding of employer needs, competency definitions, common language, and quality. In parallel, the American Council on Education has published resources on the dimensions of quality credentials (transparency, modularity, portability, relevance, validity, and equity) and how competency-based credentialing can meet the needs of learners seeking employment and advancement across a lifetime of career changes.

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  1. Walk away ready to challenge the status quo of credentials that do not support lifelong learning.
  2. Understand the quality dimensions of connected credentials and competencies and how to promote dialogue and action to improve credentials.
  3. Be prepared to analyze the connectedness of credentials at your own institution with regard to career pathways and education-to-employment bridges.



Deb Everhart, VP Design & Innovation, Learning Objects

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