EDUCAUSE 2022: Stackable Credentials Give Students a Roadmap to the Career They Want
Southern New Hampshire University, the largest undergraduate online university in America, will continue to provide a path to 2- and 4-year degrees for its students, but that doesn't mean it's not listening to what those students and their future employers want. Stackable credentials might be the future of higher education and Travis Willard of SNHU explains why his college has adapted so quickly.
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Travis Willard, Chief Product Officer, Southern New Hampshire University
Kathe Pelletier, Director, Teaching and Learning Program, EDUCAUSE
Jenay Robert, Researcher, EDUCAUSE
- Stackable credentials give students the opportunity to press the pause button on their college careers and step into a job before picking back up where they left off.
- Community colleges and trade schools have long been at the forefront of stackable or microcredential programs, and EDUCAUSE's Kathe Pelletier says R1 research universities and liberal arts colleges can look to them for inspiration.
- Students and employers both support stackable credential programs, with students appreciating the flexibility and shorter time commitment while employers relish an influx of qualified, specially trained talent into the workforce.