ERIC Number: ED447275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Credentials: One Size Fits All? The Highlight Zone: Research @ Work No. 2.
Wonacott, Michael E.
Traditional academic diplomas and degrees remain the most prominent credentials for the workplace. Educational participation and rates of attainment of traditional and other credentials at all levels are at an all-time high. Between 1970 and 1997, female postsecondary enrollments increased by 67.2%. Blacks and Hispanics, however, remained underrepresented in postsecondary education. Compared with traditional credentials, certificates are much more closely tied to the specific knowledge and skills needed for a particular occupation or profession and focus less on broader educational goals. Because of their tight focus on industrywide or professionwide standards, certificates are often more relevant to the needs of workers and employers alike. Certificates can be acquired in some secondary career and technical education (CTE) programs, as well as at the subbaccalaureate and postbaccalaureate levels. Proprietary and industry certificates are the newest phenomenon in credentials. A large body of evidence indicates that credentials bring substantial returns to their holders, with the highest-level credentials yielding the highest returns. CTE practitioners can help their students obtain a realistic idea of their options by providing them with information and guidance on the following items: a range of credentials; individual interests, aptitudes, and abilities; and labor market factors. (Contains 21 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Career Education, College Programs, Credentials, Degrees (Academic), Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Certificates, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Employment Qualifications, Enrollment Trends, Graduate Study, Guidelines, High Schools, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Outcomes of Education, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, Student Certification, Technical Education, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Universities, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.nccte.com/publications/infosynthesis/index.html.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, Columbus, OH.