Dr. Christy Faison to Represent MSCHE on SUNY Empire’s Credential As You Go Initiative

Dr. Christy Faison, Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Christy L. Faison, Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Christy L. Faison, Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, will join the advisory board for SUNY Empire State College’s Credential As You Go initiative. The initiative is the result of a $220,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to SUNY Empire to develop a nationally recognized incremental higher education credentialing system that addresses the needs of today’s lifelong learners.

The yearlong Credential As You Go initiative looks to expand upon existing certificates, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees to empower more people to earn high-quality postsecondary credentials as they continue to learn throughout their lives and careers. The initiative is led by Nan Travers, Director of the Center for Leadership in Credentialing Learning at SUNY Empire.

“As higher education continues to evolve to meet the needs of many different types of students at different stages in their career and learning pathways, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is pleased to be involved with SUNY Empire State College’s Credential As You Go initiative to provide a voice that speaks to the Commission’s expectations and the application of its Standards to innovative practices,” said Dr. Faison.

The advisory board will provide perspectives from national and policy leaders and consists of a broad spectrum of higher education representatives including individuals from the State University of New York, the City University of New York, U.S. Department of Education, the Lumina Foundation, industry, accreditors, and institutions.

As part of the initiative, the Center for Leadership in Credentialing Learning at SUNY Empire will research and develop policy recommendations on incremental credentialing, implement a pilot to demonstrate how three colleges can create transferable incremental credentials, and model how policy changes can be made at the university system-level.

Learn more at https://www.esc.edu/news/releases/2020/lumina-grant.php