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Connecting Credentials to Improve Economic Mobility

Posted on 06/30/2015


The Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success (CLASP External link opens in new window or tab), in partnership with Lumina Foundation External link opens in new window or tab and more than 40 other organizations, is cosponsoring a national dialogue on how to transform our nation's highly diverse and fragmented education and workforce credentialing system into one that is student-centered and learning-based. In such a system all learners would be able to combine high-quality credentials—from badges and certifications to apprenticeships and certificate programs, and all the way through associate and bachelor level degrees and beyond—to fit their needs. Credentials and their value would be easily understandable to inform learners' education and career planning, including job transitions. Employers would trust credentials as they seek the skilled employees they need to compete globally because credentials would be up-to-date and validated to stay relevant to employer needs and would accurately represent the competencies possessed by credential holders.

Creating a more interconnected credentialing system with clear pathways to credentials is important to expand opportunity for all people, especially low-income youth and adults seeking to advance in education and their careers. Many go into debt to earn short-term certificates or other credentials that have little value in the labor market and aren't transferrable within either the education system or the labor market. Watch a recent Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity interview External link opens in new window or tab with Jamie Merisotis, President of Lumina Foundation, in which he discusses the social and economic-equity imperative of creating a more interconnected credentialing system.

There are several ways to participate in this conversation External link opens in new window or tab suggested by CLASP.

Source: Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success (CLASP) post, June 12, 2015 External link opens in new window or tab