Charter Building and Labor Market Contacts in Two-Year Colleges | Deil-Amen and Rosenbaum

Deil-Amen, R., and Rosenbaum, J. E. (2004). Charter building and labor market contacts in two-year colleges. Sociology of Education, 77, 245-265. Retrieved from

Deil-Amen and Rosenbaum (2004) showed how colleges that serve disadvantaged students work to build relationships of trust to increase the value recognized. They described the factors that come into play that lead to credentials that legitimately signal one’s qualifications. The paper presented the methods of relying on a college charter or participating in charter building to enhance the validity and legitimacy of the claims made by credentials. This offers insights for consideration with regard to the claims made by digital badges.

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Digital Badges are web-enabled credentials of learning or accomplishment. -Erin Knight, director of the Badge Alliance
Badges contain detailed claims about learning, links to actual evidence of learning, and they're shareable over the web. -Dan Hickey, DPD Project Lead Investigator
To me, digital badges represent the bridge between formal learning & informal structures. -Alex Halavais, DML research competition winner
Open Badges can help people tell a verifiable story about their accomplishments. -Nate Otto, DPD Project coordinator
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