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2017 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) 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 univer 2017 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) 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.


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2017 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) 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 univer 2017 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) 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.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    C. Patrick G. Erker

    Should my kid (or should I!) borrow tens of thousands of dollars to pay for a degree from a mid-tier university? Should I take time off from work to pursue an alternative credential at a coding academy? Should my company sponsor a branded credential of our own? As an investor, where do I put my education bets in the near term? Should we as a society rethink how we fund and incentivize providers of post-secondary education? If you're asking yourself some of these questions, then you may find Sea Should my kid (or should I!) borrow tens of thousands of dollars to pay for a degree from a mid-tier university? Should I take time off from work to pursue an alternative credential at a coding academy? Should my company sponsor a branded credential of our own? As an investor, where do I put my education bets in the near term? Should we as a society rethink how we fund and incentivize providers of post-secondary education? If you're asking yourself some of these questions, then you may find Sean Gallagher's The Future of University Credentials a timely and fascinating study. While Gallagher's book is focused primarily on the future, it also provides an excellent summary of the past as context, reminding or informing readers of both overarching, society-wide education trends (such as the land grant university movement in the 1800s, or the installation of community college capacity this past century), and of more recent, sometimes failed, experiments in credential innovation (such as the first way of IT certifications to online education programs of the 1990s and 2000s). I was less familiar with players or programs such as JFK's online MBA program (from the 1980s!) to university.com, UNext, Fathom, Universitas21 Global, and AllLearn. Many of these efforts were led by premier academic institutions, but often failed to turn great promise into great results. The author notes that these players faced regulatory headwinds - among them licensing, accreditation, and aid - that slowed their growth. Gallagher's focus ultimately is on where universities and other providers of higher education meet employers. While he tends to spend more time on the university side, he covers incredibly important points on the employer side too, among them, prehire assessments and talent analytics, LinkedIn's role in all of this, and competency-based hiring. Companies are getting much smarter when it comes to how they hire and develop the best people, and an entire cottage industry of players is cropping up to support this. From companies dedicated to providing diverse talent pools and minimizing inherent bias while maximizing the reach of employers, to those working to assess candidates' competencies based on the specific needs of the employer, there is and will continue to be much innovation here. Companies may, as the author notes, decide to play a bigger role in the credentialing game than they already do. Beyond offering credentials in partnership with MOOCs (see Google and Coursera's IT certificate, or AT&T, Georgia Tech, and Udacity's computer science degree), or offering certificates of their own (Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, and others have long been and continue to be in this game.) The author's sources for the book show both his commitment to traditional research along with a high degree of relevance. In addition to using his own research results from work at Northeastern, the author quotes a number of luminaries who are helping to fund, guide, and evaluate the future, among them Ryan Craig of University Ventures, author Jeff Selingo, and Lauren Rivera of Kellogg. And he talks to a huge number of talent and learning professionals who are experimenting with many of the innovative approaches covered here. He also pulls the latest thinking as reported in ed tech media such as Ed Surge and Class Central. It's a very useful mix of academia and practicum - perhaps not surprising, coming from someone who has spent so much time at Northeastern, a university known for such overlap. I've been working in this space this year (although this review represents my opinion only and not that of my employer), and found the work incredibly helpful, even a couple years after it was published. I grabbed a signed copy at ASU+GSV and hope to have a chance to talk to Gallagher at some point about his work!

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