Alternative Higher Education

  • Manja KlemenčičEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_27-1
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Definition

Alternative higher education refers to alternative pathways to academic degree be that through alternative forms of higher education institutions or alternative programs leading to an academic degree or recognition of prior learning or of acquired competences. Alternative higher education also refers to alternative credentials such as industry-recognized certificates, badges, licenses, and nanodegrees as alternatives to academic degrees.

Introduction

This chapter reviews the history and the more recent developments in the alternative higher education and discusses the emerging forms of alternative higher education provision. The emergence of alternative higher education institutions implies innovations in how higher education is organized and delivered, to what purposes or credentials it serves, and what pathways lead to a credential. Alternative higher education is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and SciencesHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and SciencesHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA