Brigham Young University-Idaho Pioneers Certificate-First Pathway Program

For students who choose to enter the workforce before starting college, does it make more sense to flip our curriculum and provide students a practical vocation-related certificate prior to their general education courses?

Reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Brigham Young University Idaho’s certificate-first online pathway program is focused on improving employability throughout one’s degree program, starting with a certificate in fields like Accounting, Data Analytics, Computer Information Technology, Programming and more.

The takeaway? With a persistence rate for certificate-first students at 85%, opposed to 65% for those who start with general education courses, is it worth considering how we could move to some sort of similar stackable credential program at our own institutions?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.