New research unveils learning offerings to meet future consumer demands
Louisville, Ky. – (April 18, 2016) The Learning House, Inc. (“Learning House”), a leading technology provider of solutions that enable universities to thrive in today’s competitive higher education landscape, today unveiled key opportunities for growth that universities should consider based on expected shifts in employer needs, and therefore, student demand. The report, titled “Growth Opportunities in Higher Education: Degrees and Alternate Pathways,” identifies specific higher education offerings with the greatest potential for future use.
With the cost of higher education continuing to increase, the report highlights that different modes of education are becoming more important. These alternative pathways will continue to offer tremendous value to meet the market demands, not only for lifelong learning for successful careers, but also in the ability to demonstrate competency in key areas in shorter periods of time. Furthermore, colleges and universities will need to find a way to have some of these pathways lead back to them in order to remain relevant. They will expand access, reduce the cost of higher education and have the potential to quickly yield a more educated workforce, according to the research.
“This research underscores that for higher education institutions to thrive, it’s critical that they’re flexible in how, where and what they offer to students,” said Todd Zipper, the CEO of The Learning House. “This includes ensuring that universities are offering the right educational products, as students will otherwise seek out these opportunities elsewhere. Now more than ever, universities must evolve to meet the demands of the 21st century economy.”
Some of the top online degrees for the future identified by the report include:
- Bachelor’s – Computer Science
- Bachelor’s – Health Information Management
- Bachelor’s – Market Research
- Bachelor’s – Digital Marketing
- Bachelor’s and Master’s – Data Science
The alternative learning pathways for the future identified in the report include:
- Competency-Based Education (CBE)
- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs )
- Bootcamps and Microdegrees
- Enterprise Partnerships
- Stackable Certificate
- “1 + 3” early college enrollment programs
- Curated Degrees
- Digital Transcripts
- Lifelong Learning
The report highlights the importance of tracking and quantifying learning, and examines the new models emerging that achieve this. As students continue to learn both within and outside of traditional institutions of higher education, they are demanding that all of their learning be quantified for employers. In order to thrive in this evolving landscape, colleges and universities must become more flexible in their program designs and policies that verify and credential outside learning.
The report also finds that the external forces that have created a need for alternative modes for learning will continue to change higher education in the coming years. These modalities, which include bootcamps and microdegrees, offer new and alternative methods for students to pursue an education that fall outside of the realm of a traditional college or university.
Growth Opportunities in Higher Education: Degrees and Alternate Pathways provides updates to findings from the “15 Online Degrees for the Future” report, published in 2014 by Learning House. To download a copy of the full report, please visit http://www.learninghouse.com/growth-opportunities-in-higher-education-2016-report/.
About Learning House
The Learning House, Inc., through its proprietary cloud-based technology platform, helps colleges and universities create, manage and grow high-quality online degree programs and courses. Partnering with more than 75 schools, Learning House enables institutions to efficiently and affordably achieve their online education goals. Services include product development and market research, marketing and lead generation, enrollment management, student retention, curriculum development and management, faculty training and professional development, learning management systems, and 24/7 technical support.
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