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Whether researching and implementing ways to shape a community's economic development plan or partnering to create ways to put people to work, CREC connects researchers and policymakers with:

     • Data training
     • Custom portfolios that aid regional competitiveness

Project Profile

Counting U.S. Secondary and Postsecondary Credentials, Phase III

Credential Engine
Start Date: Jan 1970 — End Date: Jan 1970

For the third year, CREC is collaborating with the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy to determine a typology and count of U.S. educational and professional credentials for Credential Engine—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting transparency and literacy in the credential marketplace. Our goal is to identify existing data sources and integrate these into a master count of credentials nationwide. Our work this year will highlight how states and third parties are tracking credentials. Ultimately, Credential Engine would like to make this information more accessible to the public. The 2018 and 2019 reports were published by Credential Engine and are available on the Credential Engine website.

2019 credential count

2018 credential count

Research & PlanningTechnical Assistance

About the Client

Credential Engine

CREC proposes to continue its work in counting credentials, but we also seek to generate a more thorough understanding of the accessibility of credentials for Americans by counting the number of credentials by state, examining the types of credentials offered, and better understanding what organizations offer these credentials.  In addition, CREC seeks to conduct preliminary […]