According bridge the gap of traditional to non-traditional students

 

 

According to a projection of a
Jobs and Education requirements study, completed by Georgetown University,
“Our current postsecondary system will not meet the growing demand for
workers with postsecondary education and training.”

There are an abundance of options
to improve an applicant’s resume in the blue collar job market. I would argue
that there are too many certifications. Every purveyor offers their own degree
of certification, however, there is absolutely no industry-wide controlling
authority, accrediting agency, or standardization board to validate purveyor
use for their certifications. However, a more professional career requires more
thorough and prestigious credentials than a historical certification. Other
than another standard educational degree, there are virtually no alternatives
for professionals to meet this need from traditional Universities to result in
career improvement. It would be very unfortunate for The Ohio State University
to casually follow that trend without pioneering new ones.

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Please note in figure 3.1
(haven’t added it yet) that a majority of new employment growth is in the white
collar market. More specifically, Managerial and Professional Office,
Education, STEM, Community Service, and Arts are a distinct few. In 2018, it is
projected that only 43 percent of workers will have a Bachelor’s degree. The
HBD program will serve as a true innovation to bridge the gap of traditional to
non-traditional students – rather than being another isolated program for the
same audience. ???????????

As it has been established,
certifications  are not recognized by
most Universities and departments of education. Additionally, certifications
cannot be transferred to a University for credit to be applied to the pursuit
of 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 required
for a degree; instead certificates only require training and classes directly
specific to the area of study. These certificates seem only advantageous if a
student already has a degree or experience in a desired area, in comparison to
the prior learning assessments and competency based education, which includes
similar elements, each point to a pathway for students to become integrated in
the historical system. Specifically, the competency-based education places an
emphasis on “moving ahead” on educational requirements.  The HBD in itself is a more in-depth type of
degree that abides by OSU policies, as well as the requirements for an
undergraduate degree of study. This is why the submission and review process is
mandatory for applicants. It acts as a guide and validator rather than a
pathway to another undergraduate degree requirement. It places responsibility
in the hands of the student. The HBD represents that OSU recognizes a
non-traditional student of this caliber; non-conforming to a class, which may
or may not, have any relevance to the ultimate career of the student.

The credit for prior learning has
a similar idea in which taking prior knowledge criteria into account. However,
the HBD has the same end result as the competency-based education. The system
aspect of this program is crucial because the certification companies will act as
development specialists; testing new ideas in practical ways, allowing OSU to
turn research into products. By enabling this kind of system, it will steadily
improve quality, reliability and usefulness, while squeezing out waste and
deploying resources more efficiently as defined by the goals OSU desires. It
will decrease the amount of money and effort OSU must divert to remedial
teaching; as well as having the potential to synch with MOOCS and Contracting
Outreach.???????

The impact that this program will
have is not just a theory. Columbus Elementary School tutor, Jan Yanscik has
adopted a similar system entitled, Reading Recovery. This system is more of a
human process than a technical one, with proven excellent results.  Yanscik has essentially placed education in
the hands of her first grader students, resulting in 85 to 90 percent reading
accuracy, proving that the HBD is not just wishful thinking, but successful on
a smaller scale. Implementing this on a large scale, however, still allowing
room to learn and improve, will meet the needs of the upcoming job market – as
well as lead to better education innovations.