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Different in Degree: Closing the Talent Gap with Alternative Credentials

A college degree has long been thought to be the primary credential for professional careers, a ticket to employment, and a filter for hiring requirements. However, many employers have come to realize that degrees may not offer comprehensive insight into what an individual can do.

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Deb Cohen, PhD

Consultant and Distinguished Principal Research Fellow
The Conference Board

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Robin Erickson, PhD

Principal Researcher
The Conference Board

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