Educational credentials are at the nexus of education and society. As economies become increasingly dependent on workers’ ability to process and critically analyze information, educational credentials have grown in importance. Credentialing entails the amassing and verification of educational qualifications. It is especially important for professionals such as nurses, teachers, medical doctors, and providers of essential services such as health and child care, education, and food preparation. Credentialing provides a standard and systematic way to earn and certify qualifications. It encompasses educational diplomas and degrees, licenses, and certificates to practice in certain fields and industries. Credentialing may also include an endorsement, membership, or affiliation with a company or a professional organization. In essence, credentialing provides important information about a worker’s educational choices and qualifications as well ...

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