Expanding Opportunities: Defining Quality Non-Degree Credentials for States
If states want to build an inclusive economy where all workers and all businesses have the skills they need to stay competitive in a rapidly changing global marketplace, everyone must work together to expand access to and attainment of degrees and credentials of value. Non-degree credentials, such as certificates, industry certifications, apprenticeship certificates, and occupational licenses, are a key component of state economic development and credential attainment goals, helping workers obtain better jobs and serving to reconnect them to further postsecondary education and training opportunities.
In Expanding Opportunities: Defining quality non-degree credentials for states, National Skills Coalition (NSC) proposes a consensus definition of quality non-degree credentials (quality NDCs) 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.
For more information about this topic and the work of the National Skills Coalition, visit the NSC website.
Duke-Benfield, A.E., Wilson, B., Kaleba, K., Leventoff, J. (2019). Expanding Opportunities: Defining Quality Non-Degree Credentials for States. Washington: DC: National Skills Coalition.