Change credentials, change the world

Change credentials, change the world

By Chrissy Coley on Monday, October 19, 2015


The global middle class is growing—and it’s hungry for education. But traditional delivery models in higher education don’t fit the modern student, who has to weigh the time and costs in earning a degree with its tangible benefits. Thus, the emerging models for higher education must be accelerated, focused, and market-driven. And, they have to be accessible and affordable. It’s a tall order.

At last month’s New York Times Schools for Tomorrow conference, attendees explored this growing demand for educational programs that help people prepare for 21st century jobs. So how is this trend really going to change higher education as we know it? It’s going to require new ways of credentialing students for their knowledge and skills, according to Kevin Carey, director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation and author of The End of College.

The colleges and universities that thrive in this new era will be those that partner with ed tech solution vendors, “just-in-time” alternative credential providers, industry leaders, and public policy organizations to offer new types of credentials that meet today’s learners’ needs. Here, a few top examples of innovative credentialing happening now:

These emerging models are gaining traction as the U.S. Department of Education, private foundations, and professional organizations encourage institutions to experiment with the innovative delivery of high quality, accessible, and affordable education. And, in spite of the growing student population, personalized learning customized to each student is becoming a critical element in higher education—especially now that adaptive learning platforms and CBE technology are available to help institutions deliver this type of experience at scale.

With all the changes on multiple fronts (see my recent blog post, Higher education: the engine driving upward mobility), the intense competition presents a unique growth opportunity for higher education institutions.

How are you changing your delivery models and credentials to serve these new students as well as meet the needs of the educationally under-served around the world?

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  • On 1/24/2017 10:13:11 AM Diana Moreno said:

    Information very important for my work