To address demand for job-specific training, these colleges are giving students more ways to gain work experience and short-term credentials while in school.
Due to students' concerns about the rising cost of higher education and some misunderstanding of how learning translates into jobs, some colleges are reshaping the degree pathway.
Nontraditional education providers are proving to be stiff competition. Bootcamps prepare information technology and web-development workers in months, not years. And multinational firms now produce their own certificates that promise to be gateways to meaningful entry-level work.