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Workcred Joins Experts to Share Why College Will Soon Be About "Credegrees"


A recent webcast, hosted by Kaplan and available on demand, hones in on how to advance the work readiness of graduates with "Credegrees," programs that encompass a traditional bachelor degree and an industry-recognized skill or credential. During the webcast, Why College Will Soon Be about Credegrees, Workcred's executive director, Roy Swift, Ph.D., and Karen Elzey, associate executive director, joined education experts to discuss how prospective students, universities, and employers alike can use the "Credegree" strategy to strengthen workforce success.

Employer Perceptions of College Grads

Kaplan reports that the number one reason Americans value higher education is to get graduates "career ready." Yet, the biggest concern employers have about college is the relevance of what students are learning and the work readiness of the graduates. When employers are asked what they want to see most in college graduates, the top things they cite are work-related experiences and industry-relevant skills. According to a 2013 Lumina Foundation and Gallup poll of the American public and business leaders, only 13% of Americans and 11% of C-level executives are confident that graduates are well prepared for success in the workplace. It is time to take action to turn the tide on this perception.

The session covers how colleges and universities can implement "Credegree" programs, with insights on how early adopters of this strategy, including Lynn University, are implementing it on their campuses. Learn more about this concept from experts:

  • Brandon Busteed, president, University Partners, Kaplan, Inc.
  • Katrina Carter-Tellison, vice president, academic affairs, Lynn University
  • Roy A. Swift, executive director, Workcred
  • Karen Elzey, associate executive director, Workcred

View a recording of the webcast, or download the presentation slides.

About Workcred

Formed in 2014, Workcred is an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute whose mission is to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively. Workcred's vision is a labor market that relies on the relevance, quality, and value of workforce credentials for opportunities, growth, and development. Learn more at


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