Friday, April 17, 2015

How LinkedIn’s Latest Move May Matter to Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 17th, 2015

Whether or not college leaders realize it, last week’s announcement by LinkedIn that it would spend $1.5 billion to buy, a provider of consumer-focused online courses, carries notable consequences for higher education.
At the very least, it’s a sign of the growing interest in making academic and other educational credentials more visible and transparent to employers and others with reason to see them.
It could also be, in the words of one observer, a sharp reminder to colleges that if they don’t up their game in helping students and alumni with career transitions, there are many other organizations — giants like LinkedIn among them — that stand ready to fill that void.

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