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Instructure to Buy Parchment, a Credentialing Platform

Parchment, a digital transcript and credential platform, will be acquired by Instructure, which makes the learning management software Canvas, for...
Caltech admissions changes transcript

No Calculus? No Problem at Caltech

With many high school students lacking access to key STEM classes, Caltech and other technology-focused institutions are exploring admissions alternatives.

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University of Texas System Bets Big on Microcredentials

The system, with about 250,000 students, has teamed up with microcredential provider Coursera in its largest partnership yet, which will get students credentialed by tech giants including Meta, IBM and Google.


Stacking Certificates and Degrees

The lessons we’ve learned so far.

A teacher trainee enrolled in an apprenticeship program at Reach University stands in front of an elementary school classroom, her hand raised as if to get students' attention. In the background, Reach University president Joe E. Ross is seated.

Will ‘Apprenticeship Degrees’ Come to America?

The emergence of prestigious “degree apprenticeships” in the United Kingdom has implications for the future of higher ed in the U.S., Joe E. Ross writes.

Cover of America’s Hidden Economic Engines: How Community Colleges Can Drive Shared Prosperity, edited by Robert Schwartz and Rachel Lipson

‘America’s Hidden Economic Engines’

A new book from the Harvard Project on Workforce paints community colleges as pivotal for economic prosperity. The book’s editors and a community college president discuss why.

The Florida Gulf Coast University campus: buildings surround a rectangular grassy area.

What Should Badges Add to the Curriculum? Nothing!

Instead, digital badges should enhance and highlight the value of what students are already learning, Aysegul Timur, Clay Motley, Glenn Whitehouse, Shawn Felton and Dave Jaeger write.

An illustration of a person inserting a gold coin into a black box labeled "ROI," with multiple coins coming out of the box's other side.

College Going Is Changing; We Need Better Data

As demand for short-term credentials rises, we need better, more systematic data on the return on investment, Joe May and Mark Schneider write.