Thought Leadership

Upcoming Presentations

Workcred will present the latest thinking on current workforce issues and trends at the following outside events.

ATP Global: Innovations in Testing 2022

Topic: Data, Why Collect It?

Date: March 20-23, 2022

Workcred staff welcome invitations to present on workforce credentials and their effectiveness in the marketplace. If you have any ideas for upcoming presentations, please send us a note. Details about our past presentations can be viewed on the Presentations page.

Service and Leadership

Workcred is involved with a number of workforce- and education-focused entities to serve on boards, committees, task forces, and working groups. Further information about the purposes and goals of each are included below.

Build Our Way Out Advisory Board
Build Our Way Out is an industry-driven training initiative seeking to diversify America’s workforce, rebuild America’s infrastructure, and return manufacturing to the U.S. The advisory board contains industry experts who can both guide the policy, fund the campaign, and lead development of federal legislative pathways/vehicles by engaging early potential elected champions.

Certification and Licensure Advisory Group
The group brings together leaders from across the certification and licensure industries to inform and guide Credential Engine’s work around credentialing issues and trends and ensure that the organization’s efforts incorporate the best practices and pertinent data that will help the certification and licensure community meet current and future needs.

College of Health Professions Advisory Board
The University of Phoenix’s College of Health Professions is convening a group of experts to engage in discussions around topics of importance to the health professions, including workforce development, to help inform the college’s path forward.

Community College Growth Engine Fund
The Community College Growth Engine Fund has been launched by the Education Design Lab to meet the urgent demand from community college leadership for support to deliver skills-focused, market-driven education as regions struggle to mitigate the growing skills gap.

Competencies SubTask Group, SES Board Certification Task Group
The task group is charged with developing a competencies document for standardization professionals to be used to support the Society for Standards Professionals (SES) education and training programs, as well as the SES certification program.

Council for Credential Innovation Leadership
The Council for Credential Innovation Leadership group will guide the development of the Council and the information post-secondary leaders need to strategize, develop, and deliver non-degree credentialing efforts. Formed by UPCEA in 2021, the Council for Credential Innovation is a special focus body that will support the advancement and development of quality non-degree and alternative credentials in post-secondary education.

Credential As You Go Advisory Board
Funded by Lumina Foundation, SUNY Empire is conducting research to explore the possibility of a nationally-recognized, incremental higher education credentialing system that expands upon existing certificates and degree programs to increase the number of individuals who hold high-quality postsecondary credentials. The advisory board will provide feedback and insights on the research team’s findings and help guide the next steps.

Defining Competencies Working Group
This Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) group supports IEEE 1484.20.1, which is a technical standard for competency definitions data, providing recommended practices for defining the kinds of data that defines a skill, knowledge, ability, attitude, habit of practice, behavior, or learning outcome of competency-based education and training, to enable common, shareable competency definitions.

Direct Credit Assessment Task Force
Established by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training, this task force reviews military education, training, and experience to identify practical application of existing and additional opportunity for incremental credentialing and academic progression toward short and long-term career goals.

Job Data Exchange TM (JDX) Advisory Committee
The JDX initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation aims to improve how employers communicate their hiring needs to workforce development partners and educators across the country. The committee provides recommendations and feedback on the design, data integration, pilot, evaluation, adoption, and future use of the JDX initiative.

Learning Technology Standards Committee, Interoperable Learner Records (ILR) Workgroup
The IEEE committee focuses on developing internationally accredited technical standards, recommended practices, and guides for learning technology. The ILR Recommended Practices [1484.2] provides best practice guidance for learner records related to identity and trust; open ontology references; verifiable assertions; and integrated learner record payloads supporting the spectrum of formal or informal education and workplace learning and military learning records.

Learners Working Group
The purpose of this working group is to help end users of blockchain technology understand and engage with the technology. The working group will provide recommendations to strategically engage these stakeholder groups in the development of LER/blockchain solutions, and identify specific end-user needs. Working groups will also identify areas of opportunity for thought leaders to support and deliver on their recommendations.

Non-Degree Credentials Research Network (NCRN) Advisory Committee
The advisory committee works to expand the NCRN and implement new programs. The NCRN is a project funded through a grant from Lumina Foundation and managed by the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. The NCRN is a small and by-invitation only group of leading researchers and key stakeholders that works to clarify what is currently known about non-degree credentials (certificates, certifications, apprenticeships, licenses, micro-credentials, etc.) and their place in the broader credentialing ecosystem; determine what new research is needed; identify lessons learned in the course of the project and their implications for policy and practice; and share the project’s findings with practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

Planning Committee for the National Academy of Engineering
Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the committee will plan a workshop on “Connecting Efforts to Support Minorities in Engineering Education.” The goal of this activity is to provide actionable insights to the engineering education community regarding existing and potential new approaches for increasing coordination and communication among the various levels of the engineering education system to boost the number of underrepresented minority (URM) engineering undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students and faculty in U.S. colleges and universities. The workshop will explore existing and potential collaborations between extramural initiatives that support URM engineering student success and universities seeking to recruit and retain these students in undergraduate and advanced engineering education, including as faculty.

Stakeholder Roundtable
Launched by the Higher Learning Commission, the Stakeholder Roundtable convenes workforce and higher education leaders as part of a critical project and strategic planning initiative funded through a grant from Lumina Foundation. The group will be considering the current gaps between the needs in the workforce and higher education; how the respective groups are responding to the gaps; what are the implications for higher learning, equity, and access; and what is the role of regional accreditors.

T3 Innovation Network, Public-Private Standards Development and Use By Government Working Group
Building off of existing initiatives, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s T3 Innovation Network is exploring the emerging technologies and standards in the talent marketplace to better align student, workforce, and credentialing data with current needs. Working group tasks include reviewing current policies and practices for, and barriers to, developing and adopting consensus-driven public-private data sharing standards; drafting a set of guiding principles and processes; conducting meetings with standards bodies and federal and state agencies to review and revise the draft guiding principles and processes; discussing recommendations for federal and state implementation; and preparing a report on guiding principles and processes as well as recommendations for implementation.


Past Service and Leadership

Future of Work and Learning Working Group [2021]
The Stanford Graduate School of Education convened a group of researchers, practitioners, workforce advocates, and business leaders in applied sciences to evaluate how best to provide opportunities for the millions of American adults seeking to improve their lives through learning. The output of the work will be a coherent vision to inform research and service programs in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors, with the ultimate goal of making lifelong learning opportunities more effective, engaging, equitable, and rewarding than ever before.

Non-Degree Credentials Research Network (NCRN) [2018-2021]
Funded by Lumina Foundation, the research network brings together a community of scholars who have been conducting research on non-degree credentials, map the existing knowledge, and assess current and needed research.

National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Planning Committee [2020]
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine established a committee to develop a virtual workshop series on “Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19.” The series sought to foster nationwide conversations about shifts in the U.S. workforce as a result of the pandemic and strategies and partnerships for aligning displaced workers with regional STEMM workforce needs.

C-BEN (Competency-Based Education Network) [2019-2020]
As a member of C-BEN, Workcred shared ideas and expertise on competency-based education.

Apprenticeship Powered by Industry Leadership Committee [2018-2019]
The Department of Labor Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) Leadership Committee was a cross-sector group that supported API’s goals by helping to identify ongoing workforce efforts that are providing solutions to employers’ talent needs and helping to elevate apprenticeship as a leading talent solution; providing expertise to help drive rapid expansion of apprenticeship in priority industries; and connecting API staff to networks and individuals that could help advance API’s objectives.

Executive Advisory Council [2018-2019]
The Rosalind Franklin Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Institute's Executive Advisory Council addressed the development of job standards, apprenticeships, and careers pathways, as well as the impacts of eHealth for the health care sector.

Transcript Working Group [2018-2019]
Group members provided input and feedback on decisions to help the American Council on Education and Credly align their work with other efforts to promote transparency, quality, and portability of credentials, through an initiative to enable a more systematic recognition of learning and skills development using digital credentials.

State of Credentialing of Service Members and Veterans: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities [2017]
Workcred’s executive director, Dr. Roy Swift, participated as a reviewer of this paper, produced by the American Legion, that outlines the difficulties faced by transitioning troops in translating their experience from military occupational specialties into credits for credentials and licensing in such fields as truck driving, auto mechanics, and information technology. Accordingly, a key step moving forward is to ensure that service members’ and veterans’ needs are represented in the many efforts underway to enhance the civilian credentialing system.

Quality in the Undergraduate Experience: What is It? How Is It Measured? Who Decides?, Summary of a Workshop [2016]
Workcred participated in a workshop hosted by a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Higher Education and Workforce that helped to inform this report, which highlights expert recommendations on enhancing the quality of undergraduate education, underscores the importance of building stronger relationships between educators and industry, and addresses major initiatives that serve as solutions for quality education.

Creating the Workcred Health Delivery Competency Collaborative [2014]
The health care industry is a critical and growing sector of the U.S. economy. But shortages of qualified workers have increased for ten occupational groups, and new and emerging occupations continue to evolve with no national standards in place to measure and assess competency. The establishment of a collaborative focused on health care competency created a forum for key health care employers, standards developing organizations (SDOs), trade associations, government officials, health care workforce experts, and education/training providers to develop a system for best practice exchange and agree on competency models for the health care sector in validating competencies, developing competency-based curriculum, and performing competency-based assessments.