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Texas Credentials for the Future Initiative

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Texas Credentials for the Future Initiative

In March 2021, UT System launched Texas Credentials for the Future, an initiative designed facilitate the expansion and creation of short-term, industry-recognized credentials at UT institutions that are in high demand (i.e., “micro-credentials”). 

The goals of the initiative are:

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Build the capacity within institutions to use labor market analysis and employer/industry engagement to identify short-term educational offerings that are in high demand.

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Build a transparent credential landscape, including developing common language/definitions to enable better integration of credential information in the college transfer and hiring process.

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Create more equitable job placement and earnings outcomes for vulnerable students and advance social mobility among Texans who need it most.

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Position our universities as institutions for lifelong learning that respond with agility to industry and employer needs.

Guided by a steering committee that includes the Commissioner from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Workforce Commission, five UT presidents, Chancellor Milliken and Executive Vice Chancellor Archie Holmes, this initiative has top-level support. 

Notable achievements so far include: 

  • Secured $250,000 grant from Strada Education Network to embed micro-credentials and skills badges into undergraduate degree experiences;
  • Secured a $50,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to support planning efforts to incorporate micro-credentials focused on digital skills and data analytics into liberal arts and humanities degree programs;
  • Executed a co-marketing agreement with Google to enable UT institutions to leverage Google Professional Certificates in a variety of ways.