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Learning to Work, Or Working to Learn?

We need a systems approach to making work-to-learn models just as accessible as traditional learn-to-work pathways, Erin Crisp writes.

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Liberal Arts Microcredentials on the Rise

Badges and certificates aren’t just for technical fields anymore.

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Responsible AI and the ‘Future of Skills’

A gathering hosted by ETS delved into how AI could change how students are tested and how employers assess skills.

Stackable and Alternative Credentials Go Mainstream: Key Podcast

This week’s episode of The Key, Inside Higher Ed’s news and analysis podcast, explores whether the emergence of shorter-term and...
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Digital Wallets Explored as Next Generation Transcripts

Adoption has started as employers and students place more value on skills. Meanwhile, plans for free, open-source wallet technology are picking up steam.

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Seeking Tech Antidotes for Enrollment Cliff

New approaches using personalized learning, microcredentials and AI were in the air at the annual UPCEA conference.


In Our Short-Term Credential Era

Three ways states can ensure strong investments, policy design and equitable outcomes.

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The Imperative for Workforce Pell

Anthony P. Carnevale argues short-term Pell Grants are key to fulfilling the decades-old promise of gainful employment.