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Credential Seekers, Proliferating Programs, Frustrated Employers: How to Solve A Risk-Filled Disconnect
As the US economy continues to recover from the pandemic, employers still struggle to identify workers with skills they need while millions of job seekers seek credentials that will qualify them for employment. Why? A new book from Paul Gaston and Michelle Van Noy dissects the problem.

While there has been an astonishing proliferation in the number and variety of credentials, there has developed an equally astonishing deficit in information about them and in quality assurance on their behalf. Making the connections—between ambitious learners and appropriate programs, and between credential earners and employer expectations—has never been more of a challenge.

Gaston offers higher education leaders, employers, and academic advisors a guide to this complicated environment, clarifying the differences among degrees and non-degree credentials such as apprenticeships, badges, boot camps, certificates, and job training programs. Van Noy, Director of the Education and Employment Research Center at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, clarifies the complex transactions necessary to bring together those who earn credentials and those who seek the skills of credential recipients. Together, they describe a situation that, while opportune for many, can be problematical for many others.

Through a series of “takeaways”, the authors offer strategies to encourage those best positioned to create positive change. The object of such change? Agreed upon standards that would ensure that credentials hold value for students, employers, and society.

Oct 7, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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