Competency-based alternative credentials, sometimes known as occupational certifications, are increasingly common in many fields – including IT, advanced manufacturing, health care, the energy sector, even hospitality and retail. And they are poised to transform American education – driving students and employers in many fields to focus on outcomes and competency, rather than seat time and institutional prestige.

Getting credit for what you know The Atlantic, 1-29-15

The Certification Revolution Thomas B. Fordham Institute policy paper, December 2014

Video Education for Upward Mobility, Fordham Institute conference, December 2014