How do most people view colleges such as Western Governors University (the only one I can think of actually) that have aligned their degree programs along certification tracks? They award a degree after the basic college courses (math, composition, etc) are accomplished and the student accomplishes so many certifications related to the degree. I thought it was a novel approach to a blended cert-based experience and school degree showing ability to finish a school program. So a graduate walks away with a B.S. in IT Security and CCNA, CCNA Sec, A+, Net+, Sec+, Project+, Linux+ and a few others. That may be the most 'vanilla' of the degree programs there.