YCBK 174: Interest is surging in stackable degrees

In this week's episode you will hear

In the News (15:18) : In this week’s “In the news segment”, an article from Jon Marcus of The Hechinger Report. The article entitled, “Urgency of getting people back to work gives new momentum to micro credentials. The article looks at how organizations like Western Governor’s, edX and BYU Pathway worldwide are offering two to three month online courses in areas that make employees and students more marketable. The article talks about how edX pioneered a stackable degree that allows students to have these micro credentials build on each other toward earning a degree. These courses are surging in popularity. They are very affordable. Mark and Dave discuss the value of these courses and Mark makes a prediction of how where these courses may lead 50 years from now. Dave talks about the group he feels can benefit the most from this new approach to gaining formal education. (Length 20 minutes)

Urgency of getting people back to work gives new momentum to “microcredentials”

This week’s question (35:19) is from a mom named Elizabeth who lives in California.

Question
She wants to know how west coast liberal arts and science colleges that offer merit money like Williamette, Whitman, Occidental and Puget Sound compared to east coast colleges. Mark and Lisa continue their conversation they started last week. (Part 2 of 2) (Length 13 minutes)

This week’s interview (48:35) Mark interviews Vince Garcia and they look at why the University of California colleges were so difficult to get in this year.

Vincent Garcia
In this segment Mark and Vince discuss whether the major you select matters at the UC’s. They discuss the community college partnerships that exist and they discuss whether there is any geographic preferences at any of the UC’s (2 of 3) (Length 19 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (57:38) The book, Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Joseph Aoun. Aoun covers the three skillsets that are essential if you want to robot-proof yourself from the changes created by AI.

College Spotlight (1:07:55): Wake Forest University (https://www.wfu.edu) (Length 36 minutes)

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