Expanding Opportunities: Defining Quality Non-Degree Credentials for States

More than ever before, postsecondary education and training has become essential to the nation’s economic mobility and growth. But as a nation, America is not keeping pace with these accelerating demands.

If states want to build an inclusive economy where all workers and all businesses have the skills they need to stay competitive in a rapidly changing global marketplace, everyone must work together to expand access to and attainment of degrees and credentials of value.

In Expanding Opportunities, NSC proposes a consensus definition of quality non-degree credentials (quality NDCs) and criteria developed in consultation with twelve leading states and national organizations, that states can adopt for their own quality assurance systems in order to make sensible budget and policy decisions and advance equity, putting students on a path to success.