Rationalizing credentials to nourish lifelong learning

Stanford credentials pyramid

Learners today want to earn credentials at almost every stage of their lives and careers. In response, universities have increased the number and diversity of credentialed learning opportunities they offer, but not always in a coordinated fashion. Stanford has rationalized the wide array of credentialed opportunities offered by the university’s seven schools through a campus-wide process facilitated by VPTL that included Stanford Faculty Senate sub-committees. Stanford’s credential framework features consistent educational pathways that range from free online courses to executive education programs, and from an accredited high school diploma to advanced online degrees — offering learners meaningful engagement with Stanford educators wherever they are in their life’s journey.