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Credential Engine Issues its Latest Report and No Surprise, the Totals Have Increased

In 2016, the American Public University System (APUS) joined the Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI) and in 2017, APUS became a founding member of the Credential Engine. As APUS president at the time, I was pleased that we participated in this initiative at its inception. Last year, I wrote about Credential Engine’s third report identifying nearly 1 million credentials and approximately 2 trillion dollars spent on training annually in the United States.

The “Mystery” of Short-Term Credentials

With all of the hoopla about the declining ROI of a college degree and the move to short-term credentials that can lead to increased wages, it was surprising to read Lee Gardner’s article in The Chronicle of Higher Education revealing the fact that few community colleges that offer these credentials track their outcomes or even the number of students that enroll in these programs.

LinkedIn’s Observations of the Top Skills for Future Jobs

With more than 830 million members in 200 countries and territories, LinkedIn’s data about the jobs that its members occupy are as current as the frequency by which its members update their profiles. With its acquisition of Lynda.com in 2015, LinkedIn Learning offers more than 16,000 business, design, and tech online courses. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, LinkedIn disclosed $11.5 billion in revenues in 2021.

The Counting of U.S. Postsecondary and Secondary Credentials

Credential Engine released its latest report, “Counting of U.S. Postsecondary and Secondary Credentials,” which is a summary of its attempt to list all postsecondary credentials in the United States. Thanks to funding from Ascendium Education Group, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Google, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, and Walmart, Credential Engine was able to hire the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) to prepare the analyses for the report.

Higher Ed: For Students, the Sum of the Parts May Be Greater than the Whole

It’s common knowledge among those of us researching student retention in online higher education that swirling (attendance by a student at multiple institutions) is much more prevalent with online, than on-ground, programs.  Some of the explanations offered include that it’s easier to switch from one online program to another and there’s less social integration among online students so less social stigma in leaving. Others posit that online students are much more savvy about reviewing courses at multiple institutions to enable them to build a richer collection of courses. Lastly, some note that the more frequent semester starts offered by online institutions makes it more conducive for students switching schools to accommodate their personal and work schedules, and to finish their program sooner.