Certificate Programs Raise Oversight Concerns

Professional certificates expedite job training and are a booming business for institutions like Sinclair Community College, where certificates last year made up more than 60 percent of the academic credentials awarded by the school.

But the explosive growth of these short-term programs has led to concerns over a lack of oversight.

In Ohio, new college degree programs must be approved by the state department of higher education and sometimes by a regional accrediting body. But, only one type of certificate faces an individual layer of oversight from an outside agency.

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