Exploring the impact of short-term credentials

Nonprofit Credential Engine reports that there are 920,000 unique postsecondary credentials available in the US, of which approximately 560,000 are short-term credentials, from MOOC (massive open online course) providers and non-academic organizations. What’s more, more than 40 percent of working adults report completing some type of non-degree credential, according to a Strada Public Viewpoint survey. But how do employers actually perceive these short-term credentials? And what could they mean for the future of our workforce? Read the report to find out.

Read the report to learn how employers perceive the impact of short-term credentials in the workplace.

Employer perceptions of short-term credentials, by the numbers

of respondents at companies without degree requirements said they hire people without a college degree very often or extremely often
of managers agreed that short-term credentials are an acceptable way to convey skills or areas of knowledge in the workplace
of managers agreed that earning a short-term credential would increase the likelihood of an employee receiving a promotion

Dive into answers to critical questions:

  • Do employers view new credentials as a viable alternative to traditional degrees in the hiring process?
  • Do managers believe that short-term credentials effectively demonstrate the skills and knowledge potential workers bring to the table?
  • Are students and workers reaping the benefits of these new credentials?
  • Do businesses see colleges and universities as long-term partners for meeting their credentialing and upskilling needs?

Explore how InsideTrack and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) joined forces to answer these questions.

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