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AACRAO 2024 Annual Meeting

Powering Microcredential Value and Trust

Monday, April 8  |   8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

As alternative credentials gain momentum, we must ensure they consistently provide value to all stakeholders. One way to do this is by creating tangible value and transparency in the digital ecosystem. Learn about a new coalition defining standardized expectations for use cases in earning, issuing, and reviewing microcredentials. We will present and discuss the outcomes of their leadership in defining and validating parameters of microcredential quality and trust that supports learner mobility.


  • Insiya Bream, Registrar & Associate Vice President, University of Maryland Global Campus
  • Kelly Hoyland, Director of Higher Education Programs, 1EdTech
  • Kim Moore, Executive Director of Workforce, Professional and Community Education, Wichita State

The Registrar’s Role in Alternative Credentials: We Can Say What, We Can Say Why, We Can Say How

Monday, April 8  |   11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Almost every higher education institution is issuing or developing alternative credentials. Even if you aren’t aware, it is likely happening in more than one area on your campus. As a registrar, you are pivotal in embracing and facilitating these credentials to enhance student pathways and institutional relevance through trusted and verifiable learner records. In this session, you will explore their purpose, benefits, and implementation strategies for you and your institution.


  • Kelly Hoyland, Director of Higher Education Programs, 1EdTech
  • Drew Lurker, Assistant Vice President Student Records and College Registrar, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Kristi Wold-McCormick, Assistant Vice Provost & University Registrar, University of Colorado Boulder

Key Stakeholders for Credential Innovation: The LER Higher Education Accelerator

Monday, April 8  |   1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

The Accelerator initiative aims to boost adoption of innovative credentials in post-secondary education by focusing on overcoming implementation delays, raising awareness, and fostering collaboration among educational associations and their members who represent the important campus stakeholders responsible for this work. Migration to innovative credentials may be inevitable, but post-secondary education needs significant help to make necessary adjustments to policy, practice, and technology.


  • Kelly Hoyland, Director of Higher Education Programs, 1EdTech
  • Mike Simmons, Associate Executive Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, AACRAO

Standards Matter: How Open Standards Empower Learner Agency and Opportunity

Tuesday, April 9  |   5:00 PM - 5:50 PM

Open standards in alternative credentials have the power to transform the learning journey for individuals across the globe. This session will unpack why these standards matter, not just to institutions and employers but also to learners. We will explore how open standards empower individuals to showcase their skills, knowledge, and accomplishments effectively. 


  • Bhavesh Bambhrolia, University Registrar, Temple University
  • Rob Coyle, Digital Credentials Program Manager, 1EdTech

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