Breaking the Myth that MSCHE Standards and Incremental Credentialing are Incompatible

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

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

Since February 2020, Dr. Christy L. Faison, Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, has been a member of the advisory board for SUNY Empire State College’s Credential As You Go initiative.

The Credential As You Go initiative looks to expand upon existing academic certificates and 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 Dr. Nan Travers, Director of the Center for Leadership in Credentialing Learning at SUNY Empire.

Recently, Dr. Travers and Dr. Holly Zanville, Research Professor and Co-Director of Program on Skills, Credentials and Workforce Policy in the Institute of Public Policy at The George Washington University, conducted an interview with Dr. Faison to address myths that MSCHE standards and incremental credentialing are incompatible.  Dr. Faison reiterated how MSCHE and other accreditors can assist institutions in implementing incremental credentialing.

“If an institution is interested in pursuing incremental credentialing, [MSCHE] can work hand-in-hand to support innovation, always focusing on high-quality learning experiences and opportunities for access and success. The common denominator is what benefits students most, to help them attain meaningful credentials,” Dr. Faison said in the interview.

Read the three-part interview at:

https://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/is-incremental-credentialing-compatible-with-institutional-accreditation-part-1/

The Credential As You Go 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.