ACADEMIC
CREDENTIALING
& EXPERIENTIAL
LEARNING


READ ABOUT THE PESC SPRING 2017 DATA SUMMIT

EMPOWERING THE MOBILITY

OF DIGITAL ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS



​​>> WHAT IS THE ACADEMIC CREDENTIALING & EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TASK FORCE?


This TASK FORCE is an open, permanent group within PESC focused on monitoring and tracking current credentialing initiatives, providing speakers and presenters at several industry-leading conferences and events, serving as a clearinghouse for information, and ensuring PESC is prepared for standards development work and issuance of PESC Approved Standards as the community is reaching the point in which standards are needed.



>> HOW DID THE TASK FORCE START?


This TASK FORCE officially launched as a PESC group at the Fall 2015 Data Summit in Washington, D.C.  The PESC Board of Directors authorized the formation of this Task Force at its annual planning retreat in June 2015 due to the impact of student mobility on the international credentialing landscape. 



>> WHO IS INVOLVED WITH THE  TASK FORCE?


The TASK FORCE includes many leading institutions and organizations in academic credentialing.  The first deliverable from the TASK FORCE was development by Stanford University of a Common Credential XML Standard for Certificates, Degrees & Diplomas, approved and ratified as a PESC APPROVED STANDARD.



>> WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE TASK FORCE?


The TASK FORCE is 


​>> HOW IS THE TASK FORCE GOVERNED?


The TASK FORCE is a permanent group within PESC, ultimately governed by the PESC Board of Directors.  The TASK FORCE encourages active participation and diverse membership.  It is semi-autonomous, reporting directly to the PESC Board of Directors, and is responsible for its overall activities, communications, meetings, and outreach.  The TASK FORCE Co-Chairz are from PESC Member organizations and appointed by the PESC Board of Directors.



>> WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE TASK FORCE?


The TASK FORCE is active and continues to convene and focus on new and specific use cases (business or process cases) to determine their value and need in the community while leveraging technology and standards to meet the needs of emerging mobile academic credentials. 



>> HOW MUCH DOES THE TASK FORCE COST?


The TASK FORCE is  an open, transparent and collaborative committee seeking broad participation and is therefore open to all institutions, service providers, organizations and all stakeholders with an interest in academic credentialing free of charge.


>> ​HOW DO I GET INVOLVED WITH THE TASK FORCE?


The TASK FORCE is open to institutions, service providers, organizations and all stakeholders with an interest in academic credentialing.  Join the TASK FORCE meetings at every PESC Spring & Fall Data Summit.





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PESC APPROVED STANDARD | Common XML Credential for Certificates, Degrees & Diplomas
PESC Academic Credentialing and Experiential Learning Task Force

PESC and THE TRANSFORMATION OF

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALING

& EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING


​​In June 2015 at its annual planning retreat, the PESC Board of Directors, due to the impact of student mobility on the international credentialing landscape, authorized the formation of the Academic Credentialing and Experiential Learning Task Force.  This Task Force formed and convened for its inaugural meeting at PESC’s Fall 2015 Data Summit in Washington, D.C.


With Tom Black, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs & University Registrar at Stanford University, as Task Force Chair, and Co-Chairs Joellen Shendy, Associate Vice Provost and Registrar at the University of Maryland University College and Alex Jackl, CEO and Founder of Bardic Systems, the Task Force committed to:


- monitoring and tracking current initiatives

- serving as a clearinghouse for information sharing

- providing speakers & presenters at industry-leading conferences & events

- ensuring PESC is prepared for standards development work as the community is reaching the point in which standards are needed.

 

Through analysis and discussion, Chair Tom Black identified an associated gap in the North American market whereby no standards existed for the exchange of certificates, degrees and diplomas. Work began immediately to shape a standard and evolved into the PESC Approved XML Common Credential for Certificates, Degrees and Diplomas.


The Task Force continues to convene and focus on new and specific use cases (business or process cases) to determine their value and need in the community while leveraging technology and standards to meet the needs of emerging mobile academic credentials.


In June 2016 at its next annual planning retreat, the PESC Board of Directors discussed the numerous industry groups and initiatives focusing on credentials. In-depth discussions lead to the realization that a significant part of community needs are not be addressed in that no organization is showcasing how to work with all the different groups and initiatives, and more importantly how the different groups and initiatives all relate to one another.


With that in mind, the PESC Board of Directors subsequently authorized the dedication of PESC’s Spring 2017 Data Summit to this one theme and purpose – Empowering the Mobility of Digital Academic Credentials. As PESC is a sponsor of Connecting Credentials, leaders at Connecting Credentials correspondingly co-sponsored the Spring 2017 Data Summit.


In the spirit of interoperability, leaders of Credential Engine proposed a comprehensive data mapping initiative across Credential Engine, PESC, HR-Open Standards, and IMS in order to advance interoperability; and with immediate agreement by all, organizational meetings began in April 2017.



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ACADEMIC CREDENTIALING

& EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

is the principal Task Force

within PESC.



ACADEMIC CREDENTIALING

& EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

operates as an open forum for discussion, debate and new ideas;

and participation in Task Force meetings is encouraged and open to representatives of 

PESC Member organizations & representatives

of stakeholders with credentialing interests. 



ACADEMIC CREDENTIALING

& EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Chairs


Alex Jackl

President & Founder

Bardic Systems


Joellen Shendy

Associate Vice Provost and Registrar

University of Maryland University College



MEETING SCHEDULE
At PESC Spring & Fall Data Summits.


LIST
CBE@lists.pesc.org



TASK FORCE

Organizations Participating


​AACRAO

AcademyOne

Bardic Systems

California Community Colleges

Credentials Solutions

Educational Credential Evaluators

Elon University

​iQ4

National Student Clearinghouse

Oracle

Parchment

Stanford University

University of Maryland University College

University of Michigan

​University of Phoenix

University of Texas at Austin







​ACADEMIC CREDENTIALING

& EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

is an open, collaborative group of

stakeholders in the issuance and

authentication of academic credentials

serving as an information clearinghouse 

for the education community and 

ensuring PESC is prepared for any

corresponding standards development and

production of PESC Approved Standards.​

​ACADEMIC CREDENTIALING

AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TASK FORCE

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Leading the  ESTABLISHMENT & ADOPTION O​​OPEN, TRUSTED DATA STANDARDS ​ACROSS THE EDUCATION DOMAIN

PESC - Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council | Leading the Establishment and Adoption of Open Data Standards Across the Education Domain | XML | EDI | JSON | Transcripts | Credentials

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