Credentialing and accreditation are crucial features of the education system. College degrees are key mechanisms for sorting people into jobs, and for certifying particular kinds of learning and knowledge as especially valuable. The current credentialing system developed as a series of independently negotiated compacts among schools sharing similar status. This system is now being challenged by seismic changes in the political economy of US higher education. How should credentialing happen in education’s digital future? As part of our engagement with this theme we will host a public forum on 5 February featuring:
Richard Arum, NYU, lead author of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (Chicago, 2010)
Therese Cannon, accreditation advisor to Minerva University
Emily Goligoski, Mozilla Open Badges
Reception 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.