Credential As You Go Selects 2023 Cohort for Expansion and Adoption Initiative

Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Credential As You Go announced today that its 2023 organizational cohort will join the incremental certification initiative and is already supporting a number of institutions in three states: Colorado, North Carolina, and New York. This new expansion and launch work is supported by a grant from Walmart.

Twenty-eight applicants were selected from the Credential as You Go RFP Expansion and Adoption Initiative announced in September 2022. The 2023 cohort includes seven private four-year colleges and universities, eight community colleges, nine public universities, two public higher education systems, and two certifying organizations. Two Minority Facilities (MSIs) or Hispanic Facilities (HSIs) and several facilities serving primarily adult learners are included in the 2023 cohort: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Bay Path University, Bryan University, Central Christian College of Kansas, Cleveland State University, Colorado School of Mines, College of Westchester, Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network (C-PLAN), Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, D’Youville University, Elon University (2 projects), Florida Gulf Coast University , Harford Community College, Houston Community College, Huntington Junior College, Kennesaw State University, Louisiana State University (LSU) Online and Continuing Education, Miami University Regionals, Minneapolis College, Montgomery County Community College, SUNY Onondaga Community College, Purdue University Global, SUNY Westchester Community College, Unity College, University of Hawaii System, University of vo n Missouri-St. Louis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Western Colorado Community College.

The Credential As You Go initiative is focused on informing and facilitating the development of an incremental certification system, recognizing the value of many types of credentials, including degrees, certificates, industry certifications, licenses, badges and micro credentials. These credentials—and others—document an individual’s learning and are awarded by many types of providers, including community and technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities, third-party organizations, employers, and the military and state licensing boards. The initiative has many components, all of which are needed to create a nationally recognized, incremental entitlement system. These include a national campaign to build understanding and support, research to build evidence for the new system, technical support and tools and resources, commitment to equity and inclusion, policy changes and links to many related initiatives also working to improve the Systems operate the nation’s learning and work ecosystem.

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Credential As You Go launched in Fall 2021 and began operations in three state higher education systems in Colorado, North Carolina and New York in 2022. With these new partners, Credential As You Go will more than double the number of participating institutions and organizations.

“We see the potential to expand incremental certification through these new partnerships and the number of organizations interested in participating,” said Shannon Rowan, senior manager, opportunity at Walmart. “This shows us that innovation is taking place in all academic institutions and education systems. We look forward to seeing how Credential As You Go’s resources and tools support this work.”

“We are excited to bring this new cohort on board to expand the work already underway and lead to a transformation of the credentialing system in this country,” said project co-leader Nan Travers, director of the Center for Leadership in Credentialing Learning SUNY Empire State College.

“Our new partners understand the promise of incremental skills,” added Melissa Goldberg, project co-lead, director of skills and qualifications at Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. “Although they are all at various stages of incremental certification—some in the draft phase and others in early or full implementation stages—they are listening to today’s learners and workers and developing plans for certification that will help fill the current gap between education and work”.

“These new partners reflect the diversity of communities across the country striving to develop incremental educational pathways for learners,” said project co-leader Holly Zanville, of the Program on Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy at George Washington University.

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About Credential As You Go
Credential As You Go is committed to a nationwide rollout of incremental credentialing ecosystems that improve educational and employment outcomes for all learners. Credential As You Go is an initiative and partnership between SUNY Empire State University; the Program on Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy at George Washington University; and companies for qualified workers.

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