“We need to reinvent higher education,” says Nelson Baker, Ph.D., dean of professional education and professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). “We have to find ways to deliver quality education, new kinds of credentials that recognize that quality, and redefine what a degree means.”
He’s not alone in this opinion, and at the Digital Credentials Summit in Atlanta hosted by IMS Global Learning Consortium next month, he’ll be delivering a keynote on how higher education can adjust to better serve learners in a rapidly changing landscape.
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In today’s global workforce, employers need to be able to recognize and cultivate talent more quickly, in a more complex environment than degree vs. non-degree can satisfy. However, with no current standardized framework for alternative credentials, everyone is trying to make sense of it all.
“Our future workforce will continue to accelerate in these kinds of needs,” says Baker. “Higher education needs to serve people along their entire lifespan.