Scaling "Stackable Credentials": Implications for Implementation and Policy

This newsletter examines stackable credentials, a buzzword in career pathways. 

Evelyn Ganzglass
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation
Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP
Publication Year
Resource Type
Informational Material
Number of Pages

To meet accountability standards and achieve better outcomes for adult learners, community and
technical colleges are reforming policies and changing institutional practices to address barriers that have impeded
people’s ability to persist in education and obtain marketable credentials. This paper focuses on one particular innovation: “stackable credentials.”

What the experts say

In an effort to find ways to provide clearer career pathways and ladders educationally, there appears to be a need for greater alignment with employer’s needs and expectations of learning outcomes. The publication is a good resource for examining states that have launched stackable credential program efforts and what to expect as progress and challenges along the way to more widespread availability.

Resource Notice

This site includes links to information created by other public and private organizations. These links are provided for the user’s convenience. The U.S. Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this non-ED information. The inclusion of these links is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse views expressed, or products or services offered, on these non-ED sites.

Please note that privacy policies on non-ED sites may differ from ED’s privacy policy. When you visit, no personal information is collected unless you choose to provide that information to us. We do not give, share, sell, or transfer any personal information to a third party. We recommend that you read the privacy policy of non-ED websites that you visit. We invite you to read our privacy policy.