Learn-and-Work Ecosystem

There are more than 700,000 credentials ranging from college degrees and certificates to industry certifications and other credentials available in the United States alone. It’s difficult to find relevant information about many of them. This Learn-and-Work Ecosystem Guide can help make sense of a confusing marketplace. To learn more, read: An updated map helps show the way along the learn-and-work highway.

 

Key Initiative Descriptions

by Stage of Progress, Timeline, and Relation to other Related Work

Updated: Jan. 15, 2020

Goal/Key Initiatives <2018 2018 2018 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
Build Credential Transparency Infrastructure
Credential Engine 1/2 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5
Credential Registry 1/2 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5
Linked, Open Languages/Schemas (CTDL & CTDL-ASN) 1/2 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5
Accelerate Ecosystem Developments through Alignment/Alliances
Credential Engine: State and Regional Partnerships 1/2 3 3 4 5 5 5 5 5
Schmidt Futures: Data for the American Dream   1 2 3          
Credential Engine: National Sector Initiatives 1 2 3 4 4        
Credential Engine: Military: Navy Research and Development and Training Transformation 1 2 3 3          
Credential Engine: Military: Department of Defense 1 2 3 3 3 3      
Credential Engine: International Pilots 1 1 2 3 4        
Workcred: Aligning Bachelor’s Degrees & Industry-Recognized Certifications   1 2 3 3 4      
Credential Engine: Stronger Connections between Education & Workforce in Indiana     2 3          
Education Design Lab: T-Profile Builder     2 3          
Create and Implement Technology/Data/Standards to Drive and Connect Systems
Credential Engine: Credential Registry Learn and Build Summit Series (apps)   3 3 4          
T3 Innovation Network (10 pilot projects)   2 2 3          
Workcred: Data-Sharing Among Organizations Awarding Non-Degree Credentials   1 2 3 3/4        
Non-Degree Credential Research Network (NCRN)   1 2 3          
CSW: Understanding the Landscape of Industry Certifications     1 2 3        
Advance Understanding of Credentials of Value (COVs)
Develop Public-Private Ed/Cred. Data Infrastructure for Earnings & ROI (Nat’l Student Clearinghouse) 1/2 3 3 3 4 5 5 5 5
National Skills Coalition: State Identification of COVs 2 3 3 4          
Education Strategy Group: State Identification of COVs 2 3 3 4          
Credential Engine: Use of Credential Registry as part of ETPLs/eligibility determinations   1 2 3 4 5 5 5 5
SocialTech’s Umudl Project   1 2 2 3        
SUNY Empire State College: Incremental Higher Education Credentialing System     1/2 2          
Advance Employer/Workforce Signaling for Credential Transparency
Job Data Exchange (JDX)   2 3 3/4 4 4 4 4 4
Talent Pipeline Management 3/4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Common Employability Skills Framework 3/4 5              
Connecting Credentials: beta Credential Framework 2/3 3 3 3          
Markle Foundation: Skillful 1/2 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
Business Roundtable: Workforce Partnership Initiatives (10)   2 3 4          
Education Design Labs: BadgedToHire     2/3 3          
Advance Navigation Tools, Verifications, Quality Assurance
Google Education and Pathways Search   3 3 4 4        
Digital Learner Records 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5
The Quality Assurance Commons 2/3 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5
Expand Messaging around Credential Transparency
Credential Engine: Inventory and Mapping of All Credentials in U.S. 4 4 4 4 4 5      
Gallup Surveys 4 4 4 4          
Messaging Through Media 4 4 4 4          

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