- Jeff Klagenberg
- El Granada, CA
- United States
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A key to empowering each person to build their own education is creating alternatives to traditional degrees
It is clear that receiving a good eduction is a powerful tool to prosperity. But the measure of that education usually comes via a degree. And to get a degree an individual needs to adhere to a set curriculum with educational institution. This means advancement to a degree is limited.
Creating a robust set credentials that could be achieve based on merits regardless of curriculum would provide tremendous value. Current examples exist where testing knowledge beyond a degree is important, such as a CPA, the Bar Exam, Professional Engineer, …
In general the evaluation of the education today is down via the degree and the GPA. This means schools are both the teachers and the evaluators of students. While this is useful in many contexts the degree is often not a great measure of things like success in the workforce.
So having a set of credentials that individuals can achieve separate from where they obtain education has two key benefits. First, it allows each of us to benefit from advancing our education even if we can’t adhere to a fixed curriculum in a fixed timeline. Second, it gives employers better insight into the capabilities of individuals.
While I think institutions should still offer degrees I believe there would be a powerful benefit to creating a separate evaluation / certification process for people to advance on.