Noncredit Research Collaborative

Noncredit Research Collaborative

We provide research and insights on noncredit education.

Policymakers, practitioners, and researchers are seeking short-term flexible options to prepare adults for the workforce. While in many states noncredit postsecondary education programs have the capacity to meet this need at scale, stakeholders are often working in an informational fog of sparse and inconsistent data about noncredit education. Insights from evidence-based research are essential to develop a better understanding of noncredit education and its impact on learners and the economy.

The Noncredit Research Collaborative brings together leading researchers committed to providing the critical information needed for data-informed decision-making. We partner with states and colleges across the country to build the noncredit data infrastructure and conduct methodologically rigorous research on noncredit programs and student outcomes to inform policy and practice.

The Collaborative works directly with institutional and state leaders to build urgently needed data and analytic capacity. A central focus to this work is the establishment of a common definitional language for current and future data collection efforts on noncredit education.

We serve as a hub for disseminating research and information on noncredit education in postsecondary institutions. Through this effort, we aim to empower policymakers and practitioners to make informed, data-driven decisions, thereby improving students’ education and economic opportunities.


We publish various journal articles, blogs, and papers from our collaborators.


Learn more about our research on noncredit.


Slides, webinars, and recordings to help inform you about noncredit research topics.


We keep you up-to-date on learnings in noncredit research academic and policy spaces.

The Noncredit Research Collaborative project is supported by Lumina Foundation. Lumina is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.

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