Here are three points I offer after almost 20 years trying to make higher education more innovative:
- Faculty and program leaders are often out of touch with requirements of the practical application of the degree they are offering.
- HR managers are often simply clearinghouses of candidates and if the jobs says a degree from a regionally accredited university the application will be dismissed without additional thought or consideration because a box could not be checked.
- Watch for the rise of the unaccredited, non-financial aid awarding schools that teach specific skills (programming, HVAC, mechanic) to start offering affordable, at least compared to a traditional college education, fast certification programs. These schools flourished in the late 70’s and 80’s but were driven out by the growing mantra of the cherished four-year degree. I believe that tide is changing.