A Certificate, Then a Degree
Clark G. Gilbert and Michael B. Horn, EducationNext
The U.S. education system has made progress in getting more students through the enrollment door. But students are stumbling in frightening numbers on the path to a college degree. One promising strategy to combat the completion crisis is to flip the script and make sure students earn a meaningful, job-ready certificate in the first semester or year of college.
According to some experts, this gives students immediate value in the labor market—and, counterintuitively perhaps, a greater likelihood of eventually earning a degree.