Credentials and Assessments

Resources on topics such as industry-recognized credentials, technical skill assessments, capstone projects and postsecondary degrees and certificates

  • Guide/Tool
August 2021

This toolkit provides leaders with definitions of quality non-degree credentials, questions to consider when moving the criterion into action and a list of additional resources that can be used to support the understanding of each quality criterion.

  • Research/ Report
July 2021

The goal of the survey series is to understand and track the landscape of postsecondary competency based education (CBE) providing stakeholders with a better understanding of the current landscape.

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
July 2021

This report from JFF with a select group of community college practitioners, makes the case for policymakers, employers and practitioners to invest in and strengthen short-term credentialing programs to rapidly retrain unemployed workers for better career prospects.

  • Research/ Report
May 2021

This resource from the Community College Resource Center is a series of studies that offer strategies for states and community colleges to address the needs of historically marginalized learners of color in pursuing postsecondary education and training. 

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
March 2021

This policy brief from Credential Engine explores how full, open and transparent access to information about credentials and their value can be a crucial element of how states can work to dismantle inequitable systems.

  • Research/ Report
February 2021

This resource identifies roles that the state can play in supporting credential transparency, an online system with uniform, trusted and timely information about credentials, competencies, quality, pathways and outcomes.

  • Research/ Report
February 2021

This resource provides recommendations for flexible learning approaches that allow adult learners who are interested in postsecondary education the opportunity to participate in postsecondary learning, achieve marketable skills and credentials, and obtain family sustaining careers.

  • Research/ Report
February 2021

This resource from Capella University defines the key components of prior learning assessments (PLA) and provide strategies to make the implementation and sustainability of the PLA process successful.