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Non-Degree Credential Quality

A Conceptual Framework to Guide Measurement

Posted: July 19, 2019
Author(s): Michelle Van Noy, Heather McKay, and Suzanne Michael
Organization(s): Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center

Sweeping reforms are needed to help consumers make informed decisions about short-term job training programs and other non-degree credentials, states this report. More than 25 percent of Americans hold a non-degree credential, ranging from certified home health aides and cosmetologists to electricians and plumbers. Bipartisan legislation to expand Pell Grant eligibility could push that number even higher. Yet, there is no agreed-upon method of defining or measuring quality—leading to concerns about predatory programs taking advantage of vulnerable consumers.

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