View: Check Your Assumptions Regarding Degree and Short-term Credentials

"Given the complex and ever-changing landscape of post-high school education, it’s no surprise that many of us—including journalists and tech billionaires—reduce things to a binary choice: either a degree or a short-term credential. But this rush to a simple bottom line reveals at least three flawed assumptions about credentials.

  • First is that credentialing is a “one and done” choice.
  • Second is the implication that people are all in the same position to choose between these two options.
  • And third, this binary view misinterprets the relationship between years of education and field of study."

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