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The 60-Year Degree: Learning without Boundaries (WCET)

In this WCET webcast, we discuss how the boundaries of learning and earning are intersecting in increasingly complex ways. The “traditional” approach – prescriptive pathways of degree attainment, followed by a long career – can no longer be the norm in a dynamic and rapidly changing social and economic landscape. Many of the jobs degree-seeking students will have do not even exist – and the current model too often locks out the students who stand to gain the most from higher education’s democratic promise.


Paul Marca, Principal, Parallax Global Advisors

Dave Sherwood, Co-Founder and CEO, BibliU

Michelle Weise, Author and Senior Advisor, Imaginable Futures

moderated by Dale Johnson, Director of Digital Innovation, Arizona State University

Points of discussion include:

  • The case for shaking up the model of degree attainment-employment-retirement.

  • How an extended lifetime will impact careers.

  • Emerging models, including Stanford Open Loop University.

  • The ROI of life long learners as students to the institution and employers.

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