Degree Plus?

Not every student walking away with a liberal arts degree from the University of Utah — or any other institution, for that matter — feels confident picking a profession or finding a job in an often tepid market.

So the university has introduced an option growing in popularity — a certificate program, what it has labeled as “degree-plus.” Though certificates often are geared toward older adults returning to academe and seeking to diversify their skill sets, the University of Utah has concentrated on recent liberal arts graduates, largely in the humanities and social sciences.

The pitch: through just seven or eight weeks of what university officials call inexpensive classes, those with a liberal arts background can learn technical skills that will make them more attractive to prospective employers, and possibly introduce them to a new field.

Click here to read Jeremy Bauer-Wolf’s entire article published on the Inside Higher Ed website. 

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