The starting point of this battle is the motivations for education itself. "Study and get a job" is the be all and end all, and eventually a pass certificate is all that matters to this motivation, not the actual learning or quality delivered. The battle to fight is to make the skills important to the "consumers" of education, not the degrees. If someone has picked up, say, machine learning or permaculture on their own, how do we let folks "buying" those skills assess that independent of degrees? And as jobs reduce, the same applies to buying as consumers, not just employers. Today, for instance, I have no way of telling what the skill level of an electrician is, apart from references.