Credentials of Value

While a postsecondary degree or credential is necessary for success in today’s economy, not all credentials — including degrees, certificates, and certifications — are created equal. It can be challenging for students to navigate the maze of credential offerings and determine which ones will hold real labor market value when they seek a job. Ongoing analysis against current labor market data is necessary to ensure that the credentials available to students open doors to good jobs with family-sustaining wages and advancement opportunities.

ESG works with states, systems, institutions, local leaders, and employers to identify high-value credentials and design strategies that increase the number of learners who complete them. This work is particularly important given the rapidly-changing labor market during the post-pandemic economic recovery.