Demographic shifts in educational demand and the rise of alternative credentials


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Author: Fong, Jim; Janzow, Peter; Peck, Kyle


This research explored the role that alternative credentials play in higher education, as reported by 190 institutions of higher education, including community colleges (11 per cent), baccalaureate colleges (12 per cent), masters' colleges or universities (27 per cent) and doctorate-granting universities (50 per cent), 61 per cent of which were public entities. It revealed that non-traditional courses and programs with alternative credentialing have become increasingly popular and are a staple among higher education institutions, with almost all of the institutions profiled having at...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Providers of education and training; Higher education; Qualifications; Teaching and learning

Keywords: Microcredentials; Trend; Education and training opportunity; Education and training needs; Attitude; Perception; Survey

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: University Professional and Continuing Education Association, 2016

Physical description: 19 p.

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Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 140.503

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