Evaluand LLC has been contracted to SUNY Empire State College and the Research Foundation for SUNY to manage research efforts for their Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Transformative Research in the Education Sciences grant project. SUNY Empire's 3-year, $3 million project has been funded to develop a new incremental credentialing system for U.S. postsecondary education to improve academic and labor-market outcomes for students.

Evaluand Principal Kirk Knestis PhD is managing a comprehensive research agenda to support two aims, including (1) assessing the feasibility of state system- and institution-level policies, procedures, and practices for innovative credentialing models; and (2) testing the promise of efficacy of incremental credentials to improve enrollment, persistence, progress, completion, and other measures of academic success for postsecondary learners. The quantitative analysis examining outcomes is being designed and executed by William E. Pate of Ad Hoc Analytics in Maryland.

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