Institutional badging emerges as new resume booster
- Illinois State University's badging program allows students to more creatively showcase volunteerism, technical training and skill development to potential employers and graduate schools.
- Officials use a third-party vendor, Credly, to administer the badges from criteria established by academic executives.
- The Lumina Foundation provided $2.5 million in seed funding to the badging company, a sign of support for the growing credentialing industry and its value to employers.
The federal government has indicated that postgraduate outcomes will be an essential element of how colleges are viewed for continuing participation in student aid programs. Badging would appear to be a great equalizer for students from all types of schools, allowing the merit of their academic, volunteer and professional work speak to their capacity to thrive in a work environment.
Schools seeking to promote student success as an element of industrial value created by higher education, or looking boost their value proposition as a community resource working to enhance the common good, should consider these badging programs as an additional layer of public relations content, and data keeping on institutional impact.
- Inside Higher Ed Digital, verified and less open