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Read My Lips: No Bachelor’s Required

In a recently published article in the Hechinger Report, Lawrence Lanahan questions whether the new trend to remove a bachelor’s degree requirement for a job will continue. Mr. Lanahan interviewed several people for this article who never earned a bachelor’s degree and who recently benefited in their jobs’ searches from the new trend. One gentleman […]

James Webb Space Telescope Releases Its First Images

By now, it’s likely that hundreds of millions of people around the globe have seen the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope. The pictures are impressive, yet the science behind the technology as well as the science involving the observations is incredible. The first picture that NASA showed the world at large is […]

The incredible shrinking future of college

Last week, author Kevin Carey published an article in Vox titled The incredible shrinking future of college. Mr. Carey, a vice president of education policy and knowledge management at New America, has been writing about higher education for years. More than eight years ago, I reviewed his book, The End of College, which portrayed the future disruption of higher education through innovations in technology that would increase access and lower the cost of education for hundreds of millions of people across the globe.

The Changing Face of Apprenticeships

Last week was National Apprenticeship Week. Opportunity@Work has been a proponent of apprenticeships and recently released a report in collaboration with Lightcast titled The Changing Face of Apprenticeships.

Opportunity@Work is an independent 501(c)(3) that “develops and tests platforms to provide tech-enabled solutions to solve the opportunity gap and rallies public, private, and non-profit partners to rewire the labor market so that everyone can contribute their skills, talent, and energy in pursuit of a better life.”

Another article about credentialing – “An end run around a college degree”

Joshua Macht’s article, published last week in the Boston Globe, provides another perspective on the credentials market from the viewpoint of a former CEO. Mr. Macht leads off discussing the number of job openings at his former company and the debate that ensued as to whether the company should eliminate its requirement that the candidates have earned a four-year degree.

The Coursera Georgetown University Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree

Last week, I read a tweet from Jeff Selingo indicating that Coursera was partnering with Georgetown University to offer a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. The tweet led to this Forbes article written by Michael T. Nietzel, president emeritus of Missouri State University. Dr. Nietzel mentioned that he read about the new degree from Coursera’s blog in an article written by Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera.