Splitting Education and Certification?

A provocative story in today’s Inside Higher Education reports on a group’s desire to uncouple career certification from higher education.

Specifically, the group calls for:

A better approach, the group said, would be for the federal government to push for the creation of a “national network of certified organizations that assess the learning and skills of young people before they enter the workforce.”

Many programs already have standardized disciplinary accreditation, such as CAEP that accredits FHSU’s teacher education programming.  Should accreditation be discipline-specific?  And what implications would discipline-specific accreditation hold?  How would multi- and cross-disciplinary programs be covered in this new model?


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