According to a projection of aJobs and Education requirements study, completed by Georgetown University,”Our current postsecondary system will not meet the growing demand forworkers with postsecondary education and training.”There are an abundance of optionsto improve an applicant’s resume in the blue collar job market. I would arguethat there are too many certifications. Every purveyor offers their own degreeof certification, however, there is absolutely no industry-wide controllingauthority, accrediting agency, or standardization board to validate purveyoruse for their certifications. However, a more professional career requires morethorough and prestigious credentials than a historical certification.
Otherthan another standard educational degree, there are virtually no alternativesfor professionals to meet this need from traditional Universities to result incareer improvement. It would be very unfortunate for The Ohio State Universityto casually follow that trend without pioneering new ones.Please note in figure 3.
1(haven’t added it yet) that a majority of new employment growth is in the whitecollar market. More specifically, Managerial and Professional Office,Education, STEM, Community Service, and Arts are a distinct few. In 2018, it isprojected that only 43 percent of workers will have a Bachelor’s degree. TheHBD program will serve as a true innovation to bridge the gap of traditional tonon-traditional students – rather than being another isolated program for thesame audience. ???????????As it has been established,certifications are not recognized bymost Universities and departments of education. Additionally, certificationscannot be transferred to a University for credit to be applied to the pursuitof a degree. Each gap in the certification program is a strength of the HBD.
According to the criteria(explain this more), the certificates do not require general courses requiredfor a degree; instead certificates only require training and classes directlyspecific to the area of study. These certificates seem only advantageous if astudent already has a degree or experience in a desired area, in comparison tothe prior learning assessments and competency based education, which includessimilar elements, each point to a pathway for students to become integrated inthe historical system. Specifically, the competency-based education places anemphasis on “moving ahead” on educational requirements. The HBD in itself is a more in-depth type ofdegree that abides by OSU policies, as well as the requirements for anundergraduate degree of study. This is why the submission and review process ismandatory for applicants. It acts as a guide and validator rather than apathway to another undergraduate degree requirement.
It places responsibilityin the hands of the student. The HBD represents that OSU recognizes anon-traditional student of this caliber; non-conforming to a class, which mayor may not, have any relevance to the ultimate career of the student. The credit for prior learning hasa similar idea in which taking prior knowledge criteria into account. However,the HBD has the same end result as the competency-based education.
The systemaspect of this program is crucial because the certification companies will act asdevelopment specialists; testing new ideas in practical ways, allowing OSU toturn research into products. By enabling this kind of system, it will steadilyimprove quality, reliability and usefulness, while squeezing out waste anddeploying resources more efficiently as defined by the goals OSU desires. Itwill decrease the amount of money and effort OSU must divert to remedialteaching; as well as having the potential to synch with MOOCS and ContractingOutreach.???????The impact that this program willhave is not just a theory. Columbus Elementary School tutor, Jan Yanscik hasadopted a similar system entitled, Reading Recovery.
This system is more of ahuman process than a technical one, with proven excellent results. Yanscik has essentially placed education inthe hands of her first grader students, resulting in 85 to 90 percent readingaccuracy, proving that the HBD is not just wishful thinking, but successful ona smaller scale. Implementing this on a large scale, however, still allowingroom to learn and improve, will meet the needs of the upcoming job market – aswell as lead to better education innovations.