The American Association of Community Colleges recently announced a call for proposals involving a project to demonstrate a new model that recognizes quality credentials that send the “right signals” to employers, students, and colleges about the importance of degrees, certificates, industry certifications, apprenticeships, and badges.
It's called the Right Signals Project.
Key credentials to be targeted are degrees, certificates, industry certifications, apprenticeships, and badges. This work is being supported by a grant from Lumina Foundation as part of its commitment to creating a student-centered, learning-based credentialing system in the U.S. that is characterized by key attributes such as common language, transparency, portability, and trust in credentials, according to the press release.
Proposals are due Jan. 29, 2016.
AACC will work over 18 months with approximately 20 community colleges which are leaders in integrating the use of multiple, diverse credentials at scale across all college programs. The institutions involved will design and begin implementation of use of integrated multiple credentials during the grant period. They also will develop clear communications with students (potential and current) and employers to make the expanded array of credentialing choices clear.
While doing that work, the colleges will test the usefulness of Lumina Foundation’s Beta Connecting Credentials Framework as a tool to support translation and integration of multiple credentials. A number of other competency frameworks may also be helpful in this work, including the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), the Common Employability Skills Framework, and the U.S. Department of Labor Competency Model.
Here is the outline in pdf format.