Program on Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy (PSCWP), George Washington University

Last Updated: 05/09/2024

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Established in January 2021 at George Washington University in the George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP), the Program on Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy's mission is to:

  • Advance knowledge and practice in the rapidly changing U.S. labor market with special attention to the production and use of skills and credentials and their implications for racial/ethnic and gender equity, and broadly shared prosperity.
  • Promote and facilitate the use of research and expertise by education and training providers, incumbent workers, employers, learners, and those who influence, make, and implement education and workforce policy and practice.

Current projects include:

  • Non-degree Credential Research Network: Supported by a grant from Lumina Foundation for 2021-2023, which continued work started in a 2018-2021 initial grant. The NCRN consists of 320 researchers and stakeholders who meet to discuss new and ongoing research projects and opportunities for collaboration. The NCRN also awards $10,000 research contracts to members working to advance knowledge of non-degree credentials. The NCRN has held four major in-person meetings for researchers and research stakeholders to date, in addition to hosting a monthly webinar series.
  • Metadata Repository on Non-Degree Credentials: Building a metadata repository on non-degree credentials with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF). This project is now in the second of three phases of work (assembling metadata, assessing data quality, and conducting application projects). In summer 2023, will publish reports illustrating potential uses of administrative data for assessing the prevalence and value of non-degree credentials and create a publicly-accessible metadata repository hosted on the GW Institute of Public Policy website.
  • The BETS (Better Employment and Training Strategies): taskforce: The BETS webpage includes seven reports focused on expert policy recommendations for building a more effective workforce development system in the U.S. and ensuring the resiliency of the labor market in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Credential As You Go: The PSCWP is one of the partners in Credential As You Go, an initiative calling for a nationally recognized incremental credentialing system to capture and validate uncounted learning that enables individuals to be recognized for what they know and can do.
  • Learn & Work Ecosystem Library: Led by PSCWP, assisted by the communications firm, Weathers Strategy Group, and developed in coordination with the Credential As You Go initiative, the Learn & Work Ecosystem Library is an initiative to make learn-and-work ecosystem information easier to find, use, and maximize for diverse stakeholders.

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Program on Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy (PSCWP) | GW Institute of Public Policy | The George Washington University (gwu.edu)

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