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ERIC Number: EJ1005028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-15
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Degrees of Durability and the New World of Credentialing
DiSalvio, Philip
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jan 2013
The erosion of the college credit monopoly, the devaluation of the degree and the rise of new forms of credentialing suggest a generation of students and higher education institutions somewhat different than the previous generation. Consider a higher learning environment where students create their own academic portfolios and shape their educational experience around their own interests and career goals--where credit hours are replaced with specific "learning certificates" whose value is determined by the job market. Serving these students would be a new generation of higher education institutions that take the lead in offering concentrated, targeted educational certificates. Open access to courses with meaningful credentials and a renewed emphasis on practical knowledge--and full integration within the world of work would be characteristic of the next-generation academic enterprise. All of this calls into question whether higher learning is more than just taking classes--more than subject content.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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