Stackable credentials are industry-recognized credentials attained through certificate or other non-degree programs that articulate toward a higher level certificate or associates degree in the same job-related area. This policy scan, conducted by the National Skills Coalition, highlights nineteen states with stackable credential policies in place.
High school diploma options vary across states with regard to: (1) the number offered, (2) their alignment to college- and career-ready expectations in English language arts/literacy and mathematics course requirements, (3) the types of assessment requirements associated with degree conferral, and (4) whether or how they report student outcomes. Achieve’s analysis provides detailed descriptions of these four characteristics for the 93 diploma options available across all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the class of 2014.
States are implementing a variety of initiatives and policies to assess and support students’ college and career readiness. To help state leaders and policymakers identify trends and learn about innovative approaches to this work, the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center has updated the CCRS Center interactive state map with new and streamlined content. The map provides an easy-to-navigate snapshot of state college and career readiness policies, metrics, and initiatives across all states.
This report advocates for the updating of the Federal Work Study (FWS) program. According to the report, those without the funds to support themselves in unpaid work after college graduation are at a serious disadvantage in an economy that increasingly demands both a degree and work experience. The report provides recommendations for updating the FWS program including promoting FWS as a career-ready program through expansion of Job Location Development Programs and creating a Career Internship Program within FWS.
This report explores how competency-based education at institutions of higher learning has taken on greater prominence in recent years as several colleges and universities have adopted degree programs. Rather than relying on course credit accumulation, competency-based programs require the demonstration of knowledge for degree progression. In these programs, degree completion is dependent on the demonstration of content mastery rather than fulfilling a predetermined amount of time in a sequence of courses.
While apprenticeships are offered throughout the nation, programs use different measures to indicate successful completion and mastery of the relevant skills learned. This Center for American Progress (CAP) policy brief outlines the benefits of apprenticeships, describes why current apprenticeships are not meeting student and employer needs, and advocates that to address this problem, apprenticeships must provide a portable, nationally recognized credential.
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently joined policy leaders in other organizations calling upon to call upon key stakeholders in our nation’s postsecondary education and workforce credentialing system to increase transparency, trust and portability in the credentialing marketplace.