More companies skipping four-year degree requirement for hiring

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro’s recent decision to eliminate the requirement for a four-year college degree for most state jobs is looking like it’s part of a popular trend. 

A recent survey by intelligent.com showed that more companies in the U.S. are making the same move. 

The website surveyed 1,000 hiring managers and found that 53% of them said their company has eliminated the requirement for a bachelor’s degree in the past year. 

Of those, 64% said that the reason they removed the requirement was to increase the number of applicants. 

Experience was favored over education by 76% of the hiring managers. 

Of course, training is still important and 77% of companies said they are either currently offering apprenticeships or plan to by the end of the year. 

A recent report by the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley showed that college enrollment is declining locally. Over the past ten years the number of area students entering college after high school dropped from 78% down to 67%.

Citing employer need, Penn State Lehigh adds health sciences business degree

Starting this fall, Penn State Lehigh Valley will offer health services as an option for its bachelor of science in business degree program.

Through the program, students will complete a degree focused on the health sciences arena. Coursework would include such areas as financial decisions in health care organizations, health systems management, principles of managed care and population health.

School officials noted that health care is one of the largest industries in the U.S. and is the largest employer in the Lehigh Valley, so creating the option is serving the needs of Lehigh Valley employers.

“Health services managers and administration workers play a vital role in running healthcare systems, clinical practices and laboratories. Our health services option will prepare students by offering them the opportunity to take an array of pertinent and topical courses such as  healthcare payment, comparative healthcare systems, healthcare policy, as well as strategic planning and project management,” said Maung Min, director of business programs, Penn State Lehigh Valley.

The school has several health-related options for students such as health policy and administration, biobehavioral health and rehabilitation and human services. Min said this degree option enhances the programs that are already in place by offering additional options.

The school’s business degree program also offers an accounting option, a management and marketing option, a financial services option as well as an individualized option for students to tailor their education to their specific interests.