Employers, he said, need to get smarter about hiring. “They need to identify the actual skills and knowledge they need people to have and start screening for that as oppose to a degree,” he said.

Government, Horn said, is fed up with the high cost of college and is looking for solutions. “I think one thing they could do is to stop requiring degrees for government posts. That could send a real message not only to the employer community but also societally that we are not just looking for the degree but skills and knowledge for the job,” he said.

As for parents, Horn said they should step back and realize it’s an exciting time right now because of the many new educational pathways that are emerging. “There are a lot of options and I think we need to be more inquisitive as parents and be open to these options,” he said

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