Key Initiative

Midwest Credential Transparency Alliance (MCTA)

The Midwest Credential Transparency Alliance (MCTA) is a regional alliance focused on advancing credential transparency in service of learners, workers, educators, employers. and policymakers across the Midwest. Credential transparency seeks to make essential information about credentials and competencies public, easily accessible, and actionable. The goal is to increase individuals’ understanding of credentials so they can be  pursued based on what it takes to earn them, what they represent, and the jobs they can lead to. The Alliance seeks to reduce barriers to information, ensuring that all individuals have equitable access to the full range of learning, advancement, and meaningful career opportunities in the region. The MCTA operates by hosting regular convenings to: (1) network (identify common challenges, project consulting, mentorship);(2) create new resources (guidance, blogs, webinars, reports); (3) form action teams (technical & business requirements, policy, research); and (4) advance dissemination (celebrate accomplishments, presentations, articles, social media).

Partners: Midwest Higher Education Compact (MHEC), State agencies in IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, ND, OH, SD, and WI, and multiple national organizations & professional associations.

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Credentials & Providers Transparency Policy

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