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It’s inspiring to read about the new conversations related to academic credentials following the inaugural convening of the Parchment Summit on Innovating Academic Credentials.  On March 15, Education Dive reported that The Lumina Foundation has funded a $1.8 million grant to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to provide 20 community colleges with the opportunity to participate in the “Right Signals” initiative.

According to a press release published by the AACC , “The purpose of the Right Signals initiative is to demonstrate a new credentialing model that recognizes multiple quality credentials to send ‘the right signals’ to employers, students, and colleges about the meaning of these credentials. Key credentials to be targeted are degrees, certificates, industry certifications, apprenticeships, and badges.

Colleges selected to participate in this initiative include:

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Columbus State Community College (OH)
  • Community College of Baltimore County (MD)
  • Eastern Iowa Community College (IA)
  • Gateway Community and Technical College (KY)
  • Gateway Technical College (WI)
  • Kirkwood Community College (IA)
  • LaGuardia Community College (NY)
  • Lone Star College (TX)
  • Madison Area Technical College (WI)
  • Metropolitan Community College (MO)
  • Miami Dade College (FL)
  • Mid-Michigan Community College (MI)
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MS)
  • North Central State College (OH)
  • Polk State College (FL)
  • Rio Salado College (AZ)
  • Snead State Community College (AL)
  • South Seattle College (WA)
  • South Central College (MN)

The credential revolution continues.