The Short-term Credentials Landscape
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The Short-term Credentials Landscape

What We See and What Remains Unseen

Posted: May 5, 2021
Author(s): Monique O. Ositelu, PhD, Clare McCann, Amy Laitinen
Organization(s): New America

Given the rapid growth in short-term programs, and policymakers’ fast-growing interest to invest federal higher education dollars into very-short-term credentials, we explore what the research does—and does not— show us about such credentials’ utility in the labor market. With concerns about equity, our review of the literature guides us toward caution, as a strong push for short-term certificates may run the risk of reifying socioeconomic stratification.