À la carte education is taking off. Society tends to assume that a direct route to a college degree is the norm, but the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that about half of students enrolled in college today opt for a nonlinear path. Instead of spending four years at a single school, students increasingly “swirl” through multiple institutions, internships and new online learning courses. But, as the Chronicle points out, students who take nonlinear paths still need more support and credentialing options.

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