However, attending universities/colleges may not always be the key to success. On top of rapidly growing tuition prices, few schools have adapted to the surge in demand of skillsets and are hesitant to restructure their programs to reflect the needs to today's labor market. Because of this, some students are wondering if their investments into higher education are worth it. Given this, what could be the link between gaining skills and entering the workforce?
In their recent study about the topic, the Clayton Christensen Institute found that online competency-based education could be the answer to this question. While online learning is not a new phenomena, online competency-based education is because it focuses on the right learning model, the right technologies, the right customers, and the right business model. Students of these programs benefit because the lessons break down learning into competencies rather than courses and subject matter, and because the programs are designed to adapt to the changing labor market. Furthermore, these programs are centered on specific learning outcomes and connect students directly with employers.
Interested in learning more about online competency-based education? Read the Clayton Christensen Institute's full publication, "Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution"