Leading the ESTABLISHMENT AND ADOPTION OF TRUSTED, FREE & OPEN DATA STANDARDS ACROSS THE EDUCATION DOMAIN SINCE 1997
The Competencies & Credentials User Group
is the principal Group within PESC
comprised of PESC Members and Partners.
MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS. ONE VISION.
PESC IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE T3 INNOVATION NETWORK!
POSTSECONDARY ELECTRONIC STANDARDS COUNCIL
Competencies & Credentials
Competencies & Credentials User Group
an open, collaborative group of PESC Members that produce, collect, process, research, report, store, consume, issue and share
competency & credential data.
PESC COMPLIANT JSON
LAUNCH OF ACADEMIC CREDENTIALING &
COMMON XML CREDENTIAL FOR
CERTIFICATES, DEGREES & DIPLOMAS
PESC and THE TRANSFORMATION OF
& 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:
and tracking current initiatives
as a clearinghouse for information sharing
speakers & presenters at industry-leading
conferences & events
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.
C OMPETENCIES & C REDENTIALS
T3 Innovation Network
(now Learning & Employment Records)
AWPAB, DTWG, White House
US Department of Commerce
T3 Innovation Network
>> WHAT IS THE PESC COMPETENCIES & CREDENTIALS USER GROUP?
The USER GROUP is an open, permanent group of PESC Member organizations that produce, collect, process, research, report, store, consume, issue and share competency & credential data - that hosts discussion, debate, new ideas, demonstrations and pilots related to competency & credential data.
>> 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 after the Spring 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, clearinghouse 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).
>> WHO IS INVOLVED WITH THE USER GROUP?
The USER GROUP is PESC Member-based and includes many leading institutions, organizations, providers and vendors in academic credentialing and competency & credential data.
>> 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, learners and credential providers.
>> HOW IS THE USER GROUP GOVERNED?
The USER GROUP is a permanent group within PESC, managed by a Steering Committee and 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 STATUS OF THE USER GROUP?
The USER GROUP launched at the PESC Spring 2019 Data Summit in Washington, D.C. and held its 1st meeting July 23, 2019.
>> 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 JOIN 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.
COMPETENCIES & C REDENTIALS
operates as an open,
PESC Member-based forum
for discussion, debate, new ideas,
pilots & demonstrations related to
competencies & credentials data;
participation in User Group meetings
is encouraged & open to representatives
of PESC Member organizations.
C OMPTENCIES & C REDENTIALS
President & Founder
Product Strategy Director
Launch at Spring 2019 Data Summit
Webinar/Meeting August 27, 2019 Noon EDT.
University of Denver
University of Southern California
Systems Integration Analyst
California Community Colleges
President & CEO
HR Open Standards
Lead Assessment Specialist, Assessment Systems
University of Missouri System
CIO & Vice President
National Student Clearinghouse
Western Governors University
Ontario Universities' Application Centre
Educational Credential Evaluators
Center for Workforce Development
Southern Illinois University
Technical Advisory Board
CEO & Founder
Senior Software Engineer in Test
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Associate Vice Provost & University Registrar
University of Michigan
Ken Sauer, Ph.D.
Associate Commissioner & Chief Academic Officer
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Director of Admissions & Evaluation
University of Phoenix
Director of Product Management
Cathy van Soest
President & CEO
Head of Product
Senior Manager, Policy & Programs
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
University of Colorado Boulder
REPORTS & ARTICLES
Chronicle of Higher Education
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Inside Higher Ed
Wall Street Journal
Inside Higher Education