“On the positive side, researchers found that many of the students who completed a short-term program went on to earn more involved credentials or were still enrolled. And even students who earned minimalist certificates — 12 credits or fewer — were more likely to get a job.
However, certificates of 12 credits or fewer did not lead to a raise, the study found. In some cases, such as short-term certificates for certified nursing assistants or community health workers, certificate holders earned less than their peers without a credential.” The stark reality: you’ve paid for school, so you’re broker than you were before, and it isn’t getting you anything. Ouch.
… on the third hand, it seems students actually finish the little certificates more often, as in: an attainable goal gets reached.
However, yea, let’s not tell people to aim low. Let’s include in our 12-credit certificates a path to bigger things.