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Yes, Master’s: A Graduate Degree’s Moment in the Age of Higher Education Innovation

Yes, Master’s: A Graduate Degree’s Moment in the Age of Higher Education Innovation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Therefore, to truly enable economic mobility in our society, we must acknowledge the master’s degree’s growing role as employers’ preferred or required educational qualification for many middle and professional-class jobs. Furthermore, in addition to the economic benefits of master’s-level education to individuals and employers, researchers have illustrated that greater levels of educational attainment are associated with higher levels of societal and community engagement and well-being."

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The author, Sean Gallagher, is chief strategy officer at Northeastern University. Does an evolved Master's degree have a stronger role to play in the future of some higher ed institutions?

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Kelly Brenner Smith's curator insight, August 8, 2014 10:39 PM

Just something to think about when planning your educational journey ....

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Stephen Joel Trachtenberg suggests that 4-year institutions award associates degrees ...

to students who get two years of classwork but fail to complete the bachelors degree: "[A]s Kent State University has recently proposed, it is time for the Academy (with its capital A) to adjust its ways, to re-examine its degree policies and to turn failure into success. Let’s reward students for what they have done, not what they failed to do. Let’s allow them to readjust their lives, to take the AA degree out into the marketplace, to join the work world. Let’s commend the positive, not stress the negative."

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We like this idea a lot. What do you think?

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One-Quarter of Adults Hold Educational Credentials Other Than an Academic Degree, Census Bureau Reports

One-Quarter of Adults Hold Educational Credentials Other Than an Academic Degree, Census Bureau Reports | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In this report, we've been able to measure for the first time how many people take another route to a productive career: holding an alternative educational credential independent of traditional college degrees. It turns out that millions of people have taken this path," added Ewert.

These alternative credentials include professional certifications, licenses and educational certificates. The fields of these professional certifications and licenses were wide-ranging and include business/finance management, nursing, education, cosmetology and culinary arts, among others.

The report shows that, in general, these alternative credentials provide a path to higher earnings. Among full-time workers, the median monthly earnings for someone with a professional certification or license only was $4,167, compared with $3,433 for one with an educational certificate only; $3,920 for those with both types of credentials; and $3,110 for people without any alternative credential.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Certification or alternative credentials have the most positive impact for workers with no college or an associate's degree. Nice to have this benchmark. The more we learn the more we have to change.

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The Overworked Bachelor's Degree Needs a Makeover

The Overworked Bachelor's Degree Needs a Makeover | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Today’s college students are remarkably diverse in age and background, yet each receives the same one-size-fits-all, traditional four-year degree. Those students deserve a new bachelor’s degree that better meets both their varied needs and aspirations and the requirements of today’s economy. It’s time to rethink the purpose of the degree and offer more flexibility as to when, where, and how students acquire it."

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What will Jeff speak about next month in Pittsburgh at #SCUP49? His breadth and scope of interest and knowledge parallels planners' interests. This is his recent take on re-doing the bachelor's degree.

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9 reasons why badges are better than degrees - eCampus News

9 reasons why badges are better than degrees - eCampus News | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Those who once said that digital badges are great ‘supplements’ to a traditional degree are now argue that digital badges are a better alternative.
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Some good thoughts and links here. Recommended by Jim Morrisson.

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