Reports

The following reports include Workcred initiatives  and other initiatives that have relied upon the expertise of Workcred executive director Dr. Roy Swift.

 Quality in the Undergraduate Experience: What is It? How Is It Measured? Who Decides?, Summary of a       Workshop  [June 2016]

Summary:

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a report highlighting expert recommendations on enhancing the quality of undergraduate education, including insights from Workcred executive director Roy Swift, Ph.D. The NAS report underscores the importance of building stronger relationships between educators and industry and addressed major initiatives that serve as solutions for quality education.

The report is based on feedback from a December 2015 workshop planned by a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Higher Education and Workforce, with funding from the Lumina Foundation. Dr. Swift served on the committee and participated in the workshop, which focused on several major themes including defining quality, improving quality, and measuring and communicating quality.

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Call for a National Conversation on Creating a Competency-based Credentialing Ecosystem  [April 2014]

Excerpt:

The perpetually volatile economy is increasing risks for employers and job seekers. Within this environment, both are looking to workforce and education credentials to reduce their risk. Employers, seeking the best possible talent, often rely on credentials as signals to screen prospective candidates for the knowledge, skills and abilities they require for business success and competiveness. Young people and adults seek credentials that provide them with valued evidence of their marketable skills to help them secure employment and advance in their careers.

The problem is that not all credentials have clearly understood market value. People seek guidance they can trust on the market value of different credentials so that they mitigate the risk of investing their time or money into education and training that will either not pay off with desirable employment or might even detract them from their aspirations.

The importance of understandable, reliable credentials as a common currency of exchange in an already complex marketplace is becoming even more crucial.

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