Scaling "Stackable Credentials": Implications for Implementation and Policy
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.”
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.