21st Century Skills Badges

21st Century Skills Badge Earners:

demonstrate a deep understanding of the skill and the core sub-competencies and can identify why the skill matters, the perceived “market value” of the skill, how it connects to other 21st century skills and liberal arts disciplines, and the application of the skill in the workplace and how that may differ from an academic setting;

analyze their use and application of the skill and how it connects to their strengths and weaknesses;

utilize associated assessments (self, other, skill specific) to create a growth plan;

demonstrate significant intentional practice of the skill and its sub-competencies that goes beyond the daily routine; and

demonstrate growth and/or transformation through clear articulation of the learning and development journey.

What’s Behind the Badges?

The earning processes are customized to each institution’s resources and learner population, but the suite of badges shares important criteria and components.

The sub-competencies, which were developed through research and consultation with subject matter experts, and learning outcomes provide a consistent framework from which institutions can customize the earning process based upon resources and learner population

including knowledge, assessment, and experience and reflection modules

which make students acutely aware of—and more skilled at articulating—their personal narratives of learning and development

These standards arose from conversations and co-design sessions with schools, students, employers, and subject matter experts.


designed, implemented, and evaluated the efficacy of student pilots


participated in and provided feedback on badge earning processes and potential tech components


offered feedback on badge criteria, participated in student mock interviews, and provided insight into hiring practices

Subject Matter Experts

designed, implemented, and evaluated the efficacy of student pilots
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