What Are Short-Term Credentials?
A vital measure of post–high school educational attainment in the United States
July 1, 2020
Organization(s): Lumina Foundation
Short-term credentials, including college-level certificates and industry-recognized certifications, generally take less time and money to earn than degrees. Still, they meet Lumina’s benchmarks for quality if they:
- Lead to meaningful employment
- Serve as a stepping stone to career advancement, higher pay, and future opportunities
- Provide a pathway to continued education training—and lifelong learning