Competencies & credentials
USER GROUP

​​>> WHAT IS THE PESC COMPETENCIES & CREDENTIALS USER GROUP?


The USER GROUP is an open, permanent group of PESC Member organizations.



>> HOW DID THE USER GROUP START?


The USER GROUP is the third initiative to launch under PESC's Academic Credentialing & Experiential Learning Task Force which launched 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. As a discussion group, clearinghouses and point of contact for the emergence and awareness related to knowledge, skills and abilities, the Academic Credentialing & Experiential Task Force collaborated with Credential Engine to launch and host the Credential Data Mapping Initiative at the Spring 2016 Data Summit.  The second major initiative was development, approval and release of a Common XML Credential for Certificates, Degrees & Diplomas in March 2017 now in production at Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University (as part of AACRAO’s Comprehensive Learner Record Initiative).  Now at the PESC Spring 2019 Data Summit, the Competencies & Credentials User Group continues the march toward standardization and harmonization



>> WHO IS INVOLVED WITH THE  USER GROUP?


The USER GROUP includes many leading institutions and organizations in academic credentialing and competencies & credentials.



>> WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE USER GROUP?


The USER GROUP 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 USER GROUP GOVERNED?


The USER GROUP is a permanent group within PESC, ultimately governed by the PESC Board of Directors.  The USER GROUP 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 USER GROUP Co-Chairs are from PESC Member organizations and appointed by the PESC Board of Directors.



>> WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE USER GROUP?


The USER GROUP will launch at the PESC Spring 2019 Data Summit in Washington, D.C. 



>> HOW MUCH DOES THE USER GROUP COST?


The USER GROUP is PESC Member-based and included as a benefit of PESC Membership.  There is no limit on the number of representatives from the same PESC Member organization that may participate in PESC User Groups. Associations that are PESC Members can 'pass through' Member benefits to all their Members (meaning that association and all its members are welcome and encouraged to participate in all free and open and PESC Member-based groups and initiatives.


>> ​HOW DO I GET INVOLVED WITH THE USER GROUP?


The USER GROUP is open to institutions, service providers, organizations and all stakeholders with an interest in academic credentialing who are also PESC Members.  Join the USER GROUP meetings.








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​Competencies & Credentials

USER GROUP

​​is an open, collaborative group of

PESC Members that

produce, collect, process, research,

report, store, consume, issue & share 

competency & credential data.


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COMPETENCIES & CREDENTIALS USER GROUP

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Competencies & Credentials 
User Group 

is the principal Group 

within PESC.​​




Competencies & Credentials

USER GROUP

operates as an open,

PESC Member-based forum

for discussion, debate, new ideas,

pilots and demonstrations related to competencies & credentials data;

participation in User Group meetings

is encouraged & open to representatives

of PESC Member organizations



Competencies & Credentials 

USER GROUP 


CO-CHAIRS


Alex Jackl

President & Founder

Bardic Systems


Joellen Shendy

Product Strategy Director

Workday


MEETING SCHEDULE
Launch at Spring 2019 Data Summit


LIST
CBE@lists.pesc.org



TASK FORCE


Organizations Participating


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COMPETENCIES & CREDENTIALS

USER GROUP


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, PESC and 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 the first meeting of Credential Mapping was held at the PESC Spring 2017 Data Summit.


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








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