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Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council | Academic Credentialing & Experiential Learning Task Force
Academic Credentialing 
& EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

​​>> 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 open and includes a number of leaders and experts in academic credentialing; and institutions and organizations conducting experiments and pilots in digital credentialing.  This open forum enables open communications, sharing of ideas & activities and a coordinated, community approach focused on the needs of all students and learners.


​>> 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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​Academic Credentialing

& EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TASK FORCE

​​is an open, collaborative group

of stakeholders in the issuance & 

authentication of academic credentials 

which serves as an information clearinghouse 

for the education community & ensures 

PESC is prepared for any corresponding 

standards development & production

of PESC APPROVED STANDARDS

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ACADEMIC CREDENTIALING

& EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TASK FORCE

Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council | Academic Credentialing & 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 & 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 (now with Johns Hopkins University), as Task Force Chair, and Co-Chairs Joellen Shendy, Associate Vice Provost & 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 need in the North American market whereby no standards existed for the exchange of digital certificates, degrees & diplomas. Work began immediately to shape a standard and evolved into the PESC Approved XML Common Credential for Certificates, Degrees and Diplomas, now in production at Stanford University as part of its AACRAO and Lumina Foundation grant provision for the Comprehensive Learner Records Project.


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.


Subsequently, the PESC Board of Directors 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 the Connecting Credentials Initiative 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 and continue throughout 2018.


In continuing its efforts to educate and include all areas of the higher education ecosystem, PESC hosted the Fall 2018 Data Summit Inspiring Digitalization and Mobility Across Education and  Employmentin October 2018 in San Francisco.





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​​Academic Credentialing 

& EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

operates as an open forum

for discussion, debate & new ideas;

participation in Task Force meetings

is encouraged & open to representatives

of PESC Member organizations &

representatives of stakeholders

with credentialing interests. 



Academic Credentialing 

& EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING


CO-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

​ARUCC

Bardic Systems

California Community Colleges

College Board

​Credential Engine

Credentials Solutions

​DegreeData

​Digitary

Educational Credential Evaluators

Ellucian

Elon University

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

​iQ4

National Student Clearinghouse

Ontario Universities' Application Centre

Oracle

Paradigm

Parchment

San Francisco State University

Stanford University

University of Maryland University College

University of Michigan

​University of Phoenix

​University of Southern California

University of Texas at Austin

​Western Governors University





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ACADEMIC CREDENTIALING &

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TASK FORCE


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Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council | Academic Credentialing & Experiential Learning Task Force

Academic Credentialing
& EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

is the principal Task Force

within PESC