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Rethinking Degree Requirements

Maryland's recent elimination of a four-year college degree as a job requirement for thousands of the state's jobs is shining a spotlight on the value of alternative credentials and experience.

The aim of the state initiative—which the governor's office says is the first of its kind in the U.S.—is to ensure that "qualified, non-degree candidates are regularly being considered for these career-changing opportunities," Gov. Larry Hogan said in a news release.

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In Search for Qualified Workers, Maryland Drops Requirement for 4-Year Degree
SHRM | Apr 2022

To get the talent it needs, Dell Technologies last year expanded its definition of university recruitment and developed a program focused on hiring from community colleges. Jennifer Newbill, director of emerging talent at Dell, says the company's goal is to redefine what it considers to be recent graduate talent to include associate degrees, apprenticeships, and certificate programs.
No college degree? No problem.
CNBC | Apr 2022

Not only does so-called "degree inflation" keep competent workers out of good jobs that they could do well, making life more precarious for those without a degree, but it's also a huge waste of money for companies. Competing for a limited pool of college-educated workers (only about 35 percent of Americans have a four-year degree) forces businesses to overpay for talent.
Employers Are Finally Rethinking Requiring Unnecessary College Degrees. Thank the Pandemic
Inc. (limited free articles without a subscription) | Feb 2022

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Examples of Education and Experience Equivalency Charts

Equivalencies for Education and Experience
Fairfax County Virginia Government

Education and Experience Equivalency Chart
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Montgomery County Maryland Government

Procedures for Education & Experience Equivalencies
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