Unless otherwise noted in a specific report, the AACRAO member institution size, type and control categories are based on the following definitions and sources: 
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Institution type and control values are also defined by and verified through NCES criteria.

Meeting the Moment: Transforming the Digital Credentials Space

  • Credential Evaluation
  • Registration & Records
  • blockchain
  • Credential Evaluation
  • Electronic Data Interchange

Meeting the Moment: Transforming the Digital Credentials Space

Meeting the Moment: Transforming the Digital Credentials Space

The economic and cultural upheavals brought about by the COVID-19 crisis have accelerated the need for an expanded, secure, interoperable, and widely portable approach to the recognition of academic and co-curricular accomplishments.

Data from the COVID-19 impact surveys, the identification of blockchain as a technological priority on the national level by the U.S. Department of Education, and the rollout of the American Council on Education Blockchain Innovation Challenge are indicators of increasing interest in ways to provide digitally native, secure, and verifiable credentials directly to learners. This increasing interest in blockchain led AACRAO to partner with Hyland Credentials on this research.

This report summarizes data from the recent AACRAO survey on the use of digital credentials. It also includes a comparison of the digital credential technologies and set of recommendations around building out a responsive digital credentialing ecosystem in higher education. The survey was completed by 319 respondents from the AACRAO community in the United States and Canada.