The Non-Degree Credentials Research Network (NCRN) is a project funded through a grant from Lumina Foundation and managed by researchers at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP). The NCRN is a multi-disciplinary community of scholars, practitioners and policymakers that focuses on the little-understood role of certificates, certifications and other non-degree credentials in the labor market. If you are interested in joining NCRN please contact Kyle Albert at GWIPP.
The NCRN Project aims to:
- Create a knowledge-sharing and collaboration-facilitating network of researchers with expertise on the distribution, production, consumption, use and value of non-degree workforce credentials
- Assess the current state of our knowledge about such credentials, map existing research, and identify needs and opportunities for new research; and
- Produce an annual synthesis of what is learned, including recommendations for educational and workforce development practice and policy; and
- Communicate effectively the lessons learned to practitioners and policymakers as well as the broader research community.
Who are we?
We are a network of researchers working on various types of non-degree credentialing including licenses, certifications, apprenticeships, certificates, and micro-credentials. The NCRN includes experts from higher education institutions, research firms, and nonprofit organizations, among others.