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Degrees Versus Savoir Faire

In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, I write about the coming revolution in academic credentialing. Reliance upon the traditional degree is going to fade as people turn increasingly to better indicators of their knowledge and abilities — their savoir faire (“know how to do”) as Cato’s Andrew Coulson puts it. Badges, certifications and e-portfolios will (perhaps rapidly) become the new means by which people try to catch the eye of employers.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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