Online Learning Update

August 9, 2018

Counting Credentials

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

In April, a research study commissioned by Credential Engine counted at least 334,114 credentials in the U.S. That number included 213,913 degree programs and 66,997 certificate programs offered by Title IV-eligible postsecondary institutions, 23,454 high school diploma programs, 13,656 registered apprenticeships, 8,864 state-issued occupational licenses, 5,465 boot camp certificates, 23 MicroMasters and 24 Nanodegrees. The total number of U.S. credentials is actually much higher. This first count did not include non-credit-bearing postsecondary certificates, awards by institutions that are not eligible for Title IV funding, unregistered apprenticeships or alternative credentials like digital badges. Subsequent research by Credential Engine that isn’t yet published suggests there are at least 500,000 credentials available in the U.S. and possibly up to 750,000.

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