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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
December 8, 2017
Powerful, New Technology Isn't Just Displacing Workers. It's Uncovering Learning Pathways to Employment in New Fields.
Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation
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A new technology platform known as Credential Engine ensures that all credentials, including bachelor’s and associate degrees, are more clearly understood—for the benefit of workers, hiring managers, workforce, and labor organizations, higher-ed institutions, credentials providers, and for the benefit of agencies such as accreditors and licensing entities involved in supporting the transition from learning to work.

Why New Jersey Is Banking on a Credential Registry to Boost Its Middle Class
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
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State officials in New Jersey have an ambitious goal to arm 65 percent of the state’s workforce with at least one postsecondary credential by 2025. To get there, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is partnering with a new nonprofit that’s taking on its own arduous task: Create an index of every available higher-ed credential.
Coaching Model Could Help St. Louis Area Adults Finish Their College Degrees
Ashley Jost, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Led by the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gateway to Degrees is a new initiative that could help boost the number of adults with some college credit go back and finish their degree. Key to the effort is an online coaching component that helps connect the dots to make finishing a degree easier for returning adult students.

JPMorgan and AFL-CIO CEOs: Finding a Job Is Still Too Hard. Here’s How We Can Fix That.
Richard Trumka and Jamie Dimon, Fortune
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If job seekers can’t decipher which credentials are needed for a job and employers are unable to identify the specific education and job training programs necessary for filling positions at their companies, countless workers miss out on an opportunity to secure a good job.

A database called Credential Engine offers a promising solution to make a difference.
Who Changes Majors? (Not Who You Think)
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Columbia Makes $100 Million Investment in Diversity
Melanie Eversley, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
The Landscape of 'Post-Traditional' Learners
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed 
Designing a High-Impact College for Returning Adult Students
Lauren Roy, Liya Escalera, Stephanie Fernandez, Ebru Korbek-Erdogmus, Jennifer Reid, Adam Bush and John Saltmarsh, Diversity & Democracy
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