Mathews did not go quite that far, saying that he views Merit as an extension of a degree rather than a replacement, but he did note that a degree, like a digital badge, is not actually worth anything.

It’s what those items — digital or paper — represent that counts.

“Every college student deserves good outcomes,” he said.  “They all deserve to have the chance to have the right job or go to the right grad school, even first generation students, not just those who are privileged or informed by parents to create an online or social media presence liked a LinkedIn page.”


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