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Covering higher education in the 2020s means also covering the alternative pathways and credentials that are rapidly emerging.

Also see Work Shift, our project dedicated to reporting and opinion on the intersection of education and work.

Working your way up

Healthcare companies are getting more creative about recruiting and retaining workers without bachelor’s degrees — including by covering costs for degrees, certificates, and certifications to offer upward mobility for employees who want to advance in their careers.

Where bootcamps are free

For short-term credentials to have the best chance of paying off for students, an emerging view holds that they need to be heavily subsidized—with funding from employers or foundations if government support isn’t there—while offering connections to actual living-wage jobs.