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Quality Postsecondary Credential Policy Academy

The Quality Postsecondary Credential Policy Academy is an eighteen-month initiative aimed at defining quality non-degree credentials; developing a policy agenda to increase the number of residents with quality credentials, and developing the data policies to support such efforts. The state teams are led by a Governor’s education and/or workforce policy advisor, the state higher education agency leader, and the labor or workforce agency leader, with membership drawn from agency leaders representing economic development, human services, elementary and secondary education, and the state community and technical college system. Some states also include external stakeholders, including policy advocates from NSC’s SkillSPAN coalitions. States participating are Alabama, Colorado, Louisiana, New Jersey, Oregon, and Virginia.

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How Quality Assurance Criteria Serves the Unique Needs of Six States

During the summer of 2021, NSC concluded its first Quality Postsecondary Credential Policy Academy. Six states tailored quality assurance criteria, unique to their state, which helped them develop quality training programs.

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Credential Quality and Transparency are important for an inclusive, equitable recovery.

If America wants to build an inclusive economy where all workers and businesses have the skills they need to stay competitive in a rapidly changing global marketplace, everyone must work together to expand access, attainment and transparency around quality non-degree credentials. 

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Creating an impact with Credential Quality and Transparency

Creating an impact with Credential Quality and Transparency is a state policy toolkit that provides a map for how states that want to improve credential quality and transparency can use the quality non-degree credential framework (outlined by NSC) and the linked, open-source data framework, common description language, and publishing platform created by Credential Engine.

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Report: Defining Quality Non-Degree Credentials for States

In Expanding Opportunities, NSC proposes a consensus definition of quality non-degree credentials and criteria developed in consultation with twelve leading states and national organizations, that states can adopt for their own quality assurance systems in order to make sensible budget and policy decisions and advance equity, putting students on a path to success.

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Going Virtual – Defining Quality for Online Training Programs

The explosive growth of online learning has made it tough for learners, employers, and public policymakers to gauge the quality of short-term training options.

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