General Sessions

David K. Wilson, Ed.D.
President, Morgan State University


David Kwabena Wilson, Ed.D., is the 10th inaugurated president of Morgan State University—Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University. For more than a decade, Dr. Wilson has not only been a transformative president at Morgan but has emerged as a leader among university presidents nationwide as well as an effective advocate for HBCUs and the role they play in developing leaders and serving the needs of their community, state, and nation.

His educational philosophy is to put the students’ experience first. As a leader, he is a consensus builder and a strong believer in transparency of process. Dr. Wilson’s goal is to make Morgan a leader in producing the next wave of innovators in the U.S., further cementing its call to action of Growing the Future, Leading the World.

Breakfast Briefing | Comprehensive Learner Record: Building the Needed Stakeholder Coalition to Implement Alternative Credentials at Your Institution


A model will be presented that supports registrars incorporating badging and micro-credentials within higher education. The model builds on a UK Quality Assurance Agency national pilot project that showed how skills profiling can be used to link education to employment, and how badges and micro-credentials can be incorporated within higher education qualifications. The background to the model will be explained, demonstrating how it can support US continuing education practitioners to increase engagement, continuation and completion rates within higher education through a more flexible, motivating and personalized learning approach. The session considers holistic inclusive higher education policy and practice, discussing its focus on personalized learning, and how such approaches can be built into an inclusive, globally-applicable solution for micro-credential use within US higher education.

  • Rupert Ward, The Sino-British College, USST
  • Sheryl Grant, New Trust Lab
  • Robert McDonald, University of Colorado Boulder

Working with Employers: Leveraging Micro-Credentials to Meet Workforce Need

NOVEMBER 2 | 11:30 AM ET
  • Kathleen deLaski, Education Design Lab
  • Clayton Lord, SHRM Foundation
  • Jill Buban, EdAssist
  • Moderator: Aaron Brower, UPCEA (formerly of University of Wisconsin)


Breakfast Briefing | Comprehensive Learner Record: Building the Needed Stakeholder Coalition to Implement Alternative Credentials at Your Institution

  • Mike Simmons, AACRAO
  • Kathe Pelletier, EDUCAUSE 
  • Ashley Finley, AAC&U
  • Amber Garrison Duncan, C-BEN 
  • Amelia Parnell, NASPA
  • Kelly Hoyland, 1EdTech
  • Moderator: Julie Uranis, UPCEA

EdTech and Infrastructure Panel: What’s New, What’s Needed for Credential Innovation?

NOVEMBER 3 | 11:00 AM

In this panel discussion, we will hear from the leaders of major student information system (SIS) vendors who serve the higher education community. The panelists will discuss the technical infrastructure required to support the latest trends in credential innovation, including digital badges, micro-credentials, and competency-based education. They will explore the challenges and opportunities in adapting existing systems and developing new solutions to meet the needs of students, institutions, and employers.

The panelists will also address questions such as: How can institutions integrate new credentialing systems into their existing SIS platforms? What are the best practices for ensuring data accuracy and security? How can SIS vendors work with institutions to facilitate the transfer of credentials and other student data? And what role can SIS vendors play in supporting institutions and shaping the future of credentialing in higher education?

Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into the technical infrastructure required to support credential innovation in higher education, and to learn about the strategies that their SIS vendors are using to help institutions keep pace with the changing landscape.

  • Nicole Englebert, Oracle
  • David Yerg, Ellucian
  • TBD, Workday
  • TBD, Jenzabar
  • Moderator: Kristi Wold McCormick, University of Colorado Boulder