Create New Systems of Credentials

Create New Systems of Credentials

The quality distinctions often made in higher education are largely rhetorical without proven measurement tools for defining learning outcomes. The credentialing system of the 21st century demands a national framework for defining quality and learning-based pathways to new credentials.

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Create New Systems of Credentials

Our Aim

Today’s students can earn a dizzying array of postsecondary credentials – from digital badges and workplace-earned certificates … to associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees … to the doctorate and beyond. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to accurately gauge the value of many credentials, and it’s all but impossible for students to discern clear pathways among them.

In fact, the nation has no true organized system of credentials; rather, we have a poorly aligned patchwork – a fragmentary, complex framework that can no longer meet the needs of students or society at large.

To extend opportunity to a much larger and more diverse student population, and to maximize our collective potential as a society, we need a revamped system of postsecondary credentials – a fully integrated system that is learning-based, student-centered, universally understood, and specifically designed to ensure quality at every level.

Our Actions

At Lumina, we’re working to encourage a wide-ranging and thoughtful national dialogue that can lead to the development and adoption of such a credentials system. Recently, much of our work in this area has focused on the Degree Qualifications Profile and Tuning. That work will continue, along with many other efforts that aim to define educational quality according to actual learning outcomes rather than time.