DQP and Tuning

Support for Expanded Use of DQP and Tuning to Build a Learning-based Credentials System

To complement the public release of the Degree Qualifications Profile, Lumina announces new investments over the next several years to increase attainment of high-quality credentials through expanded use of the DQP and Tuning to build a learning-based credentials system.

Widespread Implementation of the DQP and Tuning

DQP/Tuning CoachesThe National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) will provide technical assistance on the DQP and Tuning to higher education institutions. NILOA will select, train, and manage coaches who will be faculty and staff experienced with the DQP, Tuning, assignment design, and institutional change strategies. Coaches will be available to institutions and other interested groups through an application process.

Online Assignment LibraryNILOA will expand its online library of high-quality, peer-reviewed course-based assignments linked to DQP outcomes to provide faculty with concrete examples and models for how to move the DQP from a conceptual framework into use.

Roadmap to Enhanced Student Learning: Implementing the DQP and Tuning ─ NILOA will develop an online DQP/Tuning implementation guide and related tools (e.g., webinars, special reports) to assist institutions with both implementation and scale-up.

DQP and Tuning Website NILOA will maintain a website for information on the DQP and Tuning, including the services described above, examples of the DQP and Tuning on campuses, an archive of historical documents on the development of the DQP and Tuning, and news/events (www.DegreeProfile.org).

The Faculty Leadership Collaboratives Project The Association of American Colleges and Universities will develop a large-scale sustainable network of resource and innovation hubs involving institutions in 10 states to help faculty use DQP and Tuning to make general education more effective and transferable, develop and assess students’ DQP proficiencies, and use DQP and Tuning to improve faculty teaching in multiple modes (e.g., face-to-face, online, blended).

A Brief Overview of Tuning USA – Tuning USA is the American version of an international process to create a shared understanding among higher education stakeholders of the subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills that students must demonstrate upon completion of a degree program in a given field of study. The Tuning USA process engages multiple campuses in a faculty-led process to identify the levels of knowledge and skill that ideally represent a degree. Lumina Foundation formed Tuning USA in 2008 following consultation with U.S. and international experts on the Bologna Process and Tuning. For more information on Tuning USA, see: Lumina Foundation launches Tuning USA.

Building a National Credentials System

Exploration of Beta American Credential Framework ─ The Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) in partnership with CLASP will provide technical assistance and research in creating a beta American Credential Framework to assist in connecting diverse credentials. Work will include connecting the DQP/Tuning, industry-recognized Common Employability Skills, and other emerging credential frameworks, including those in development in other nations.

New Credential System Website ─ The CSW will create a website to inform the evolving national dialogue on the changing credential environment and the need for a new national credential system to encompass degrees, certifications, certificates, licenses, apprenticeships, and other credentials.

Employer Hiring for Competency ─ Managed by ACT Foundation in partnership with Business Roundtable, multiple industry sectors within the National Network of Business and Industry Associations will promote hiring for competency. This work will include exploring the usefulness of the DQP and other credential frameworks for competency mapping, creating a common language of employability skills, ensuring industry credentials align with learning programs and job opportunities, and promoting Human Resources processes that focus on hiring for competencies rather than degrees alone.

Revisions to Carnegie Classification System ─ The Carnegie Classification System, the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past 40 years, is migrating to the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. The IUCPR will assess of the usefulness of the DQP and other credential frameworks to inform the 2015 and subsequent revisions to the CCS.

Creating Learning-centered, Student-based Pathways to Quality Credentials

Interstate Passport InitiativeThe Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education will work with 34 institutions in 13 states to implement interstate block transfer agreements using the Passport Learning Outcomes and Proficiency Criteria for Transfer, a tool that enables block transfer of outcomes-based general education in nine lower division content areas.

Expanding Interstate Capacity to Share Student Academic Records for Reverse Transfer ─ The National Student Clearinghouse will help increase associate degree completion through reverse transfer by expediting the electronic movement of student academic records for students with 60+ credits, regardless of the states in which students have enrolled.

Math Pathways Initiative ─ Complete College America will work with six to eight states to reduce barriers to enrollment and completion presented by algebra as the default college-level gateway mathematics course, despite growing recognition that many college disciplines would be better served by a quantitative reasoning or statistics-based math gateway course.

Multi-State Collaborative on Military CreditThe Midwestern Higher Education Compact will assist an interstate partnership of 13 states to translate competencies acquired by veterans through military training and experience toward college credentials. States will exchange information and share best practices in the areas of articulation of credit, certification/licensure, communications, and technology.

National Year of Service ─ With key partners the Franklin Project, Cisco, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning’s LearningCounts platform, the National Conference on Citizenship will assess college-level learning that occurs during a national year of service for college credit. The DQP will be used to identify proficiencies to be developed through the year of service.