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.
Learn more about ESG’s Credentials of Value efforts
Building Credential Currency
Across the country, the pathway to economic security and self-sufficiency looks far different than it once did. Significant economic shifts—spurred...
Bringing States Together to Identify Credentials of Value
Postsecondary credentials matter more today than anytime previously in history. While bachelor’s degrees remain important, there are over 30 million...
Identifying Promising Credentials in Hawai’i
In 2020, ESG partnered with the Promising Credentials project, an initiative of Hawai’i P–20 Partnerships for Education, Chamber of Commerce...