7 education companies partner to improve credential data sharing

Credential Engine on Wednesday announced it is partnering with six companies to help colleges and other education providers publish information about the credentials they offer in a national, cloud-based registry. The partners — BrightHive, Credential Commons, Ellucian, Credly, DXtera Institute and Power minds — will work with credential providers to translate data about their programs into a common vernacular, the Credential Transparency Description Language.The effort aims to make it easier for students, educators and employers to compare and understand information about different credentials, regardless of whether they're offered through a traditional college or alternative education provider. The size of the U.S. credential marketplace has swelled in recent years, growing to some 650,000 unique certificates, traditional degrees and other programs currently on offer.And while alternative education providers such as boot camps are driving a large part of that growth, colleges and universities have also been ramping up their offerings. In fact, 94% of colleges said they offer some form of alternative credential, according to a 2016 survey of 190 institutions. However, students still often lack important information about the data and quality of the credentials they seek.

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