September 22, 2016

Center helps with development of ‘Credential Registry’

SIU’s Center for Workforce Development, together with George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute, is leading the national Credential Transparency Initiative. Representatives of the Initiative earlier this week demonstrated a new Credential Registry, and presenters included Jeanne Kitchens, associate director of the Center for Workforce Development and Initiative co-director.

The registry is a comprehensive database that enables job-seekers, students, educational institutions, employees and employers to easily search for and compare credentials including certifications, degrees, certificates, licenses and other similar earned qualifications.

The presentation before hundreds of leaders in business, higher education and credentialing took place during the “On the Road to Improving the Credentialing Ecosystem: Next Steps for the Credential Registry” workforce event and webcast from Newseum in Washington, D.C. Kitchens facilitated technology development for CTI, a Lumina Foundation-funded effort, and the event was the first public demonstration of the credential search app powered by the registry.

Credential Engine, a new non-profit organization formed to improve transparency in credentialing, will maintain the open-licensed Credential Registration and Credential Transparency Description Language and promote an open applications marketplace.