The Problem with “Alternative” Credentials

Names are powerful. And the power to choose names comes with responsibility.

A lot of stuff gets stored in the Alternative Credentials basket. Does the name do them justice? Photo by Jade Aucamp on Unsplash

This does not bode well for the value of alternative credentials.

First page of search results for stock photos on Medium.com when using search term “alternative”

Despite being seemingly innocuous, ‘Alternative Credentials’ is at best problematic because of it’s potentially harmful effect on both the value of the credentials and the impact on the learners/earners.

Our lack of intentionality may squander opportunities to shape a more just world in favor of perpetuating historical inequities and experiences.

We do not describe these programs as being taught by alternative faculty, being led by alternative deans, or being charged for using financial alternatives.

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Noah Geisel

Singing along with the chorus is the easy part. The meat and potatoes are in the Verses. Educator, speaker, connector and risk-taker. @SenorG on the Twitter