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ERIC Number: EJ1124379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Spotlight: Sending Clear Signals on Complex Credentialing Process
Guth, Douglas J.
Community College Journal, v87 n3 p10-12 Dec 2016-Jan 2017
Credentialing programs in the U.S. are many and varied: Degrees, professional certifications, digital badges, and licenses to practice all serve as potential pathways to employment for would-be workers. However, those many approaches can also result in confusion for employers, colleges, and students when drilling down into how credentials translate into the knowledge and skill sets needed to fulfill job requirements. This article discusses a new initiative that seeks to eliminate uncertainty in the diverse credentialing marketplace by defining credentials in an easier to understand manner. The Right Signals Initiative, an 18-month pilot effort taking root at 20 community colleges nationwide is led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), with support from a $1.8-million Lumina Foundation grant and technical assistance from Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. As part of Lumina Foundation's larger Connecting Credentials effort, The Right Signals is testing the beta Credentials Framework, created through Lumina funding in 2015. The Framework is an analytic tool designed to help users understand what credential recipients should know and be able to do. It is organized around two learning domains (knowledge and skills) and eight levels, reflecting increasing complexity from level to level, and serves as a guide for the student-centered credentialing initiative focused on common language, portability, and quality credentials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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