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Making a Market for Competency-based Credentials: An Overview

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What is competency based credentialing and why is it important?
What is the current state of play in competency based credentialing?
How do we define "quality" credentials?
What can educators, employers, and public policy makers do to make a market for competency based credentials?

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Making a Market for Competency-based Credentials: An Overview

  1. 1. Making a Market for Competency-Based Credentials: An Overview 1 First in a series of three webinars: Webinar 2: Effective Employer Engagement Oct. 8th Webinar 3: What Can Colleges Do? Nov. 5th
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  3. 3. Today’s Presenters Larry Good, CSW Roy Swift, ANSI Nancy Laprade, CSW Moderator Melodee Mabbitt, CSW
  4. 4. Upcoming Report Making a Market for Competency-Based Credentials Thanks to the Surdna Foundation for their support of this important work
  5. 5. Poll question What kind of organization do you represent? 1. Educational institution 2. Public policy 3. Business/ professional organization 4. CBO 5. Business and Industry 6. Government 7. Other
  6. 6. What is a competency-based credential?  Accurately assures competencies, based on skills and knowledge of the holder  Awarded based on demonstration of those competencies “what students should know and be able to do”  Aligns with specific industry standards and founded on the skills/competencies needed by employers
  7. 7. Context … the Big Picture  Post-secondary credentials are crucial to employment success  Complex, fast-changing labor markets – workers need to be able to adapt quickly  Credentialing in the U.S. today is chaotic  Hard to navigate  Lacks common language  Lacks quality assurance
  8. 8. Our Premise…  The U.S. desperately needs a more coherent competency based credentialing system to ensure that both businesses and job seekers get the most out of post-secondary training  The System needs to recognize learning acquired through educational institutions and other non education and training providers (especially “non- credit”)  Both formal and informal  Other prior learning
  9. 9. Why is this work important?  Replaces seat-time (as a proxy for learning) with competency-based curriculum and credentials that are based on learning outcomes  Provides more precise information about job requirements and worker skills (including academic and employability/soft skills)
  10. 10. Why is this work important? For employers…  Better informs hiring, deployment and promotion decisions  Ensures relevant educational programming to meet their needs  Provides ROI in hiring, retention and performance For students/workers…  Helps them better navigate career pathways and provides proof of their skills and knowledge For educators…  Helps them align their curricula with industry requirements
  11. 11. What is the current state of play in competency-based credentialing? 1. Varying levels of usage by various industries – along a continuum 2. Widely used credentials have strong employer backing 3. Inconsistent quality
  12. 12. What is the current state of play in competency-based credentialing? 4. Portability and transparency -- key challenges 5. Promising models of stackable systems 6. Employers looking for “cross-functional” skills and “systems-thinking”
  13. 13. What is the current state of play in competency-based credentialing? 7. Barriers to bringing to scale 8. No comprehensive policy framework
  14. 14. Current State of Play… What does this mean in a nutshell?  Competency-based credentialing as a concept resonates widely  Large-scale adoption and use needs:  Transparency (common language, registries)  Interoperability (quality assurance, data infrastructure)  Making the Return on Investment clear to employers, job seekers, and educators
  15. 15. Building the Market: Five Key Elements Ensuring Quality Expanding use by workers/students Expanding use by employers Expanding use by educators Creating an infrastructure to help the credentials’ market flourish
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  17. 17. Ensuring Quality Ensuring an on-going systematic interface with stakeholders and the evolving body of knowledge  Maintaining Validity Creation and use of validated assessment instruments to measure competencies  Competency Based Education  Certificates  Informal Learning  Certifications
  18. 18. Ensuring Quality Current lack of oversight mechanisms in the higher education system  Accreditation focused primarily on the “degree”  Need for more emphasis on “outcomes” rather than process  Education/Learning is often occurs outside traditional educational institutions  Professional societies  Work site – contextual learning – worker learner
  19. 19. Building the Market: Five Key Elements Ensuring Quality Expanding use by workers/students Expanding use by employers Expanding use by educators Creating an infrastructure to help the credentials’ market flourish
  20. 20. Expanding Use by Workers/Students  Show the link between credentials and employment  Accelerate stackability and bundling to support career pathways  Integrate “employability skills” (foundational) into credentials  Workplace competencies  Academic competencies  Personal effectiveness competencies
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  22. 22. Building the Market: Five Key Elements Ensuring Quality Expanding use by workers/students Expanding use by employers Expanding use by educators Creating an infrastructure to help the credentials’ market flourish
  23. 23. Expanding Use by Employers Goal: Employers must view credentials as meaningful to their competiveness and bottom line and use them for hiring  Document ROI  Involve all levels of employees within participating firms  Involve industry associations and consortia  Use sector partnerships to expand efforts
  24. 24. Building the Market: Five Key Elements Ensuring Quality Expanding use by workers/students Expanding use by employers Expanding use by educators Creating an infrastructure to help the credentials’ market flourish
  25. 25. Expanding Use by Educators  Engage employers as full partners  Utilize methodologies to ensure that all key competencies related to job tasks and employability/ soft skills are identified  Work with sector partnerships  Meet students where they are  Provide opportunities for applied learning experiences  Focus on credential related outcomes
  26. 26. Building the Market: Five Key Elements Ensuring Quality Expanding use by workers/students Expanding use by employers Expanding use by educators Creating an infrastructure to help the credentials’ market flourish
  27. 27. Creating an infrastructure to help the credentials market flourish  Shared language  Quality assurance  Consumer information
  28. 28. Creating an infrastructure to help the credentials market flourish  Policy changes (institutional, state, accreditors, Federal)  Alignment of efforts  Bottom-up and top-down strategies  Maximize the use of technology
  29. 29. Poll: What area of this work is most important/relevant to you and your work?  Ensuring the quality of credentials  The role of employer engagement  How do educators need to change the way they develop curriculum and credentials?  How do we determine ROI?  Enhancing stackability and portability  The role of credentials in career navigation/ career pathways  Policy framework including use of data/metrics
  30. 30. Closing Thoughts Competency-based credentials can be a game changer  Reduce duration of job transitions for workers  Increase productivity of employers  Strengthen U.S. competitiveness What’s needed? A collaborative effort of many to build the needed infrastructure and to grow the market to scale Build on what already is working
  31. 31. Questions?
  32. 32. Next Webinar Making a Market for Competency-Based Credentials: Effective Employer Engagement October 8- 1:00 – 2:15 ET Presenters:  Brent Weil, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Institute, NAM  Troy Nutter, Manager, Operational Training, Puget Sound Energy  Keith Bird, CSW

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