Community colleges have long played a vital role in providing pathways for traditional and non-traditional learners to advance in their academic pursuits, their communities, and in the workplace. Hear from institutional leaders enabling educational innovation and achievement in community college programs through verifiable, interoperable digital credentials.
The State University of New York will present its Micro-Credential Policy as implemented by SUNY Ulster Community College. Academically rigorous micro-credentials, usually represented by digital badges, recognize skills and competencies mastered. Micro-credentials have value on their own or stacked together to meet the requirements of an initial or advanced certificate or degree. Often comprised of courses from registered degree programs, micro-credentials are used to motivate existing students in a degree program, provide students with skills complementary to the major, meet immediate workforce needs, upskill incumbent workers, and serve as a flexible vehicle for lifelong learning.
The Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges is using digital credentials and pathways to support professional development for faculty and staff in the WA Community and Technical College (CTC) system. The goal is to demonstrate the efficacy of digital badges to capture, recognize, and track professional development achievements, and create replicable models for CTC students to earn badges in academic and professional-technical coursework.
Both institutions are members of IMS Global Learning Consortium and committed to advancing standards like Open Badges and the Comprehensive Learner Record to enable a digital foundation for the next-generation educational achievement ecosystem.