Alternative Credential Adoption in Higher Ed

Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
September 29, 2015
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Alternative Credential Adoption in Higher Ed
  • Various types of alternative credentials like nanodegrees, microcredentials, and digital badging have gone mainstream outside of academia. They are a visual, verifiable proof of a candidate's skillsets.
  • Institutions are exploring partnerships with other colleges and universities where modular content and skills assessments are done in an à la carte fashion.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, the University of Washington, University of California’s Davis, Irvine and Los Angeles campuses, and the University of Wisconsin Extension are some of the universities that have kicked off such a collaborative effort.
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Keywords: credentials, skills, competencies, higher education
Admissions Revolution
Inside Higher Ed
  • Eighty leading colleges and universities announced a plan to reverse a decades-long process by which colleges have made their applications increasingly similar. The new group is called the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.
  • The colleges and universities are creating new online portfolios for high school students, designed to have ninth graders begin thinking more deeply about what they are learning or accomplishing in high school.
  • The group is integrated by every Ivy League university, Stanford University and the University of Chicago; and leading public institutions such as the Universities of Michigan, North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Virginia. The 80 members expect more institutions to join.
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Keywords: higher education, admissions, high school
Many College Graduates Not Equipped for Workplace Success
  • Employers make a lot of assumptions about the value of a degree. But do they really know how to assess the quality of graduates' college experiences?
  • Findings from the Gallup-Purdue Index -- a study of more than 30,000 college graduates -- revealed the "Big Six" college experiences that increase the odds that graduates will be engaged at work.
  • Given that a full 25% of all college graduates in the U.S. missed the mark on all of the big six experiences, it seems that higher education institutions aren't optimizing the college experience. It is time to look beyond grades, test scores and resumes.
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Keywords: higher education, labor market
The Best Job Candidates Don't Always Have College Degrees
The Atlantic
  • Degrees and good grades have long been proxies for the kind of cognitive skills required for jobs in knowledge industries. But many say that these credentials don’t meaningfully predict job performance, and companies are starting to catch onto that.
  • “We've found that traditional hiring, which is based primarily on credentials, is a terrible approach for junior roles," says Nick Sedlet, the co-founder of HireArt. “The labor market is changing much faster than colleges can keep up.”
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Keywords: skills, credentials, labor market, higher education
University of Leicester’s New Flexible Degree Aimed at the ‘Broadly Talented’
Times Higher Education
  • An initiative at the University of Leicester aims to make it easier for undergraduates to learn the range of skills that employers are looking for during their studies.
  • Students picking the new “Pathways” programme will be able to spend 75 per cent of their time studying their principal subject and 25 per cent on a secondary element. The whole idea is to make the curriculum more sensitive to the real-life needs of undergraduates.
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Keywords: higher education, skills, flexibility
Next Gen Finance for Higher Education
  • When it comes to finances, what should colleges and universities focus on? In today’s climate, what’s the right way to plan for a sustainable future?
  • The challenge of the current business model is that we fell in love with the buffet model of higher education where more is better. But we’re finding that’s not so good for student success. We need to recognize that the future will be about giving more to less.
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Keywords: higher education, innovation, economy
Nepris Partners with LinkedIn to Bring Experts to Classrooms
Education News
  • LinkedIn has partnered with Nepris. The goal is to educate students about the real-world applications of their school subjects and to provide them with information about possible career paths.
  • A teacher will submit a request to Nepris detailing the subject they want to teach to their students. Then, the company posts these requests on LinkedIn where professionals can volunteer to participate.
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Keywords: career paths, professional orientation
The Latest Workplace Perk? Student Loan Relief
  • A big company is stepping in to help junior employees pay off their loans. Other companies are contributing $50 to $200 a month to help employees pay down student debt.
  • "Student debt is a ball and chain for young people, and is often a bigger priority than retirement, says Christopher Webb, ChowNow’s chief executive officer. “Like everything, you have to stand out to attract talent,” Webb says.
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Keywords: education, student debt, student loan management, labor market
Making College More Affordable, One Text At A Time
  • A new White House research shows that the right text or email message can help students get enrolled, find the right payment plan and remind them to pay.
  • The report gives three examples where low-cost text messages and emails got more kids enrolled in college and helped borrowers better manage their student loans.
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Keywords: colleges and universities, technology, student loans, finance
Explore the Colleges That Offer Students the Best Value
U.S. News
  • The Best Value Schools rankings highlight the colleges and universities that provide stellar learning environments at a reasonable cost. To earn a spot on the list, colleges must must provide high academic quality and a relatively low net cost of attendance.
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Keywords: higher education, universities, innovation, rankings
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