Training-based pathways to a bachelor’s degree would enable students to learn, earn and then — when and if they’re ready — learn and earn some more, writes Mary Alice McCarthy in Flipping the Paradigm.
Some colleges now offer “upside-down degrees.” Students complete two years of technical training before taking general education courses.
Others are developing “applied” bachelor’s degrees that build on students’ technical expertise.
More than 80 percent of community college students want a bachelor’s degree, but only 25 percent transfer to a four-year institution. The transfer pathway is “full of potholes,” says Brian Mitchell, chair of Edvance Foundation.