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A fortune in the short-term: Now is the time for continuing education programs to soar

The University of North Florida partially credits its enrollment growth to its focus on continuing education programs. But are institutions' outdated financial systems ready for an Amazon-like shopping experience?

Certificate earner rates hit 10-year high despite degree fall-off in 2022-23

A breakdown in student demographics illustrates that the popularity of earning a certificate for first-time credential earners isn't tied to one gender or ethnicity, according to the latest report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Flexing the future of higher ed: Embracing flexible learning pathways for access, quality and equity

With the sustained shift towards online and blended learning models in the post-pandemic world, the education landscape is ripe for innovation that can accommodate formal and informal learning methodologies.

How schools can streamline their alternative credentials programs

At a time when many students, especially older students, are questioning the ROI of a college education, alternative credentials are an easy way to align educational offerings with available jobs in the community.

Micro-credentials move one step closer to gaining widespread trust thanks to this framework

The 1EdTech TrustEd Microcredential Coalition has unveiled a new framework that identifies the core components every micro-credential should possess to sow trust and recognition across the school-to-career pipeline.

Interest in career pathways beyond the status quo is growing. Should higher ed be worried?

Gen Z students are getting a big boost in support from their parents and educators in pursuing alternative pathways. What about college?

President’s corner: How Carrie Hauser spearheads the region’s workforce needs at Colorado Mountain College

Intertwined with this Colorado region's wealthy ski resort economy is Colorado Mountain College. How can President Carrie Hauser support local rural students against Aspen's exorbitant property value?

With Gen Z students loving non-degree pathways, here’s how higher ed leaders can adapt

Nine out of 10 Gen Z high school graduates who are either pursuing or pursued a non-degree alternative, like credentials, report being satisfied with their decision, according to a survey from the American Student Assistance and Jobs for the Future.

Digital credentials: Higher education’s new frontier

Higher education professionals, industry leaders and state legislators are beginning to recognize its revelatory potential to foster the next chapter of academic equity, workforce access and attractive program offerings.

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