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Beyond the News
STUDENT SUCCESS

Web registry gives greater clarity to credentials
The development of career-oriented
academic programs will, in the coming
years, increasingly rely on collaboration
between institutions and industry. Rio
Salado College, headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, has, for instance, worked
with Kroger Foods to create credentials
aimed at the continuing education needs
of the multistate grocery chain's current
and future employees.
"It's going to be more about looking at
industry sectors and creating credentials,
certificates and degree programs that are
clear pathways to work," says Rio Salado's
president, Chris Bustamante.
Key to this system will be a high
degree of transparency to provide industry, students, lawmakers and the wider
higher ed sector with a complete breakdown of the competencies and skills that
go into a specific credential, certificate,
diploma or degree at a particular school.
That openness is the mission of a
startup nonprofit called Credential
Engine, launched in 2016 to build
a free, web-based registry of credentials that can be searched by students,
educators and employers. The registry
went live on December 7, 2017, with
about 1,500 credentials from Rio Salado

COURSE CATALOG-Nursing programs at the University of Saint Francis
should get more notice now that the school has joined Credential Engine, which
is developing a searchable database designed to contain all credentials offered
in U.S. The service will also help students plot degree paths through higher ed.

and approximately 170 other colleges,
universities and educational institutions,
says Scott Cheney, Credential Engine's
executive director.
Offering updates wanted
The service aims to capture-and make
publicly searchable-every one of the

Participant profile: University of Saint Francis
Transferring two-year students-an important pool of potential enrollees for
to the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana-could use Credential
Engine to plot a pathway from an associate degree to a doctorate, says J. Andrew
Prall, vice president for academic affairs.
"We're hoping to demystify the credentialing process," Prall says.
"All constituencies can really gain far greater clarity about what can be a
complicated system."
While Credential Engine is not a marketing tool, it will help Saint Francis
better reach students outside its region. "We have an outstanding reputation in
northeastern Indiana," Prall says. "This tool allows us to send information about
our quality credentials to a broader audience."

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250,000 credentials offered at every level
in the U.S., from high school diplomas
to Ph.D.s. "Our vision is to make them
accessible for comparison by any actor in
the labor market," Cheney says.
Employers, for instance, could search
"nursing" to find institutions that teach
specialized skills. Students will be able to
search costs and outcomes for different
nursing programs.
Other colleges participating so far
include Purdue University and Ivy Tech
Community College in Indiana, and
Elon University in North Carolina.
Colleges can join by setting up an
account and entering credentials that
can be updated regularly. "We want
institutions to have full control over the
information about their credentials,"
Cheney says. "There is a big change
coming to this field, and universities
and colleges are going to be in a really
good position to demonstrate the value
of their offerings." -Matt Zalaznick
www.universitybusiness.com


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