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The Future of University Credentials: New Developments at the Intersection of Higher Education and Hiring

The Future of University Credentials: New Developments at the Intersection of Higher Education and Hiring

by Sean R. Gallagher, Diana G. Oblinger
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The Future of University Credentials offers a thorough and urgently needed overview of the burgeoning world of university degrees and credentials. At a time of heightened attention to how universities and colleges are preparing young people for the working world, questions about the meaning and value of university credentials have become especially prominent. Sean Gallagher guides us through this fast-changing terrain, providing much-needed context, details, and insights.
The book casts a wide net, focusing on traditional higher education degrees and on the myriad certificates and other postsecondary awards that universities and other institutions now issue. He describes the entire ecosystem of credentials, including universities and colleges, employers, government agencies, policy makers and influencers—and, not least, the students whose futures are profoundly affected by these certifications. And he looks intently at where university credentials might be headed, as educational institutions seek to best serve students and employers in a rapidly changing world.
The result is an unprecedented, comprehensive look at the current credentialing landscape in higher education—as well as at the future challenges and opportunities for this vital field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612509679
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 732,441
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sean R. Gallagher is the chief strategy officer for Northeastern University’s Global Network.

Table of Contents

Foreword Diana G. Oblinger vii

Preface At the Intersection of Higher Education and Hiring xi

Introduction A Pivotal Moment in the University Credentialing Ecosystem 1

1 The Rise of the University Credential in the Knowledge Economy 23

2 Behind the Curtain: How University Credentials Operate as Job Market Qualifications 45

3 Higher Education's Information Age Lessons from the Dot-Corn Era 67

4 Modern Online Education Mainstream Online Degrees, MOOCs, and the Emergence of Shorter-Form Credentials 87

5 Credentialing in the Internet Age A Brave New World from Digitizing the Credential to Talent Analytics 111

6 Innovative Directions in University Credentials 137

7 Conclusions and Recommendations on the Future of University Credentials 165

Notes 189

Acknowledgments 231

About the Author 233

Index 235

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