The Incremental Credentialing Model was developed from the results of the environmental scan, prototyping, and feedback from national leaders which took place during the Credential As You Go: Phase One initiative. The Model provides five patterns of credentialing that can be used to design incremental credentials. Further work on the Model during Phase Two will include strategies, tools, and resources to develop incremental credentials across all sectors. The Model also includes auto-awarding of credentials to reduce the additional step students typically go through to “apply” for a credential or graduation.
The current version has a higher education focus, but will be expanded as the work continues to provide for learner and employer perspectives.
Incremental credentials stand on their own, unconnected to a degree, but prepare individuals for up-skilling, re-skilling, or developing new skills in specific workplace areas.
Incremental credentials are obtained for specializations that add onto a degree pathway, but may not necessarily be planning in the pathway.
Incremental credentials add together or stack into larger credentials and degrees, and are planned into credentialing pathways.
Incremental credentials are built to transfer across institutions and are a potential cost-sharing mechanism (students cross-register to another institution to pick up a specialty that the home institution does not offer).
Incremental credentials prepare for and include field-expected credentials for work, as well as work-related credentials that are accepted into degree or other credentialing pathways, developed in conjunction with business/industry partner(s).
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