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Hacking a Credential

How many different sources of college credit are on your final undergrad transcript?

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I grew up in the Dallas 'burbs. I got accepted into UT Austin, and that summer after high school, I took two freshman courses at my local community college just to get a leg up. I also eeked out a couple of AP course credits from high school. Once I finally got to UT, I CLEP'ed out of a couple more things and took one of my required courses at Austin Community College.  So I think my undergrad transcript was ultimately hacked together with five sources of college credit—two community colleges, two credit-by-exam programs, and one university. It all happened via word-of-mouth. I would hear that you could get credit for this or that, or that you could transfer in credits from this community college for that class, and voilà—hacked undergrad. But I grew up in the Dallas 'burbs; I had a well-resourced high school, two engaged parents, and a bunch of college-bound peers. I had a highly-functioning word-of-mouth system that I didn't even have to seek out. But what happens to people who don't? What's their word-of-mouth

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Tell us about your work experience:

It's been a circuitous route through banking and higher-ed, but I wound up a designer at IDEO!

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Even traditional baccalaureate/residential students want to hack together a degree. My insight is sometimes it's not that the system only fails the "New Normal Student"... it's just that they have the fewest pistols on their belt to respond to the offense.


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