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Digital Credentials: A Key Tool for Community College Success
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.

Feb 20, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Stephen Gance, Ph.D.
Policy Associate, Educational Technology & Open Education @Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Stephen Gance, Ph.D., Policy Associate, Educational Technology & Open Education, State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) located in Olympia, Washington. SBCTC coordinates and directs the Washington state system of 34 public community and technical colleges. The Educational Technology & Open Education group identifies and promotes innovative strategies in technology-enhanced learning and manages system-wide grants and contracts for multiple educational technologies. Steve is tasked with tracking relevant educational technology integration and data standards associated with OpenBadges, Comprehensive Learner Record, CASE, and accessibility. Steve earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology. He has over 20 years of experience in higher education and 15 years in the software industry.
Mindy S. Kole, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Adult Learning @SUNY Ulster
Dr. Mindy S. Kole is Associate Dean of Adult Learning at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, NY and also teaches and develops curriculum in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Management and Business Ethics. Mindy has worked with faculty and staff to implement SUNY Ulster’s microcredential program with the support of SUNY guidelines. Recently Mindy was part of a team that developed SUNY Ulster’s New Start for Women program, designed to help women in Ulster County with economic challenges to come back to school, earn a one-year business certificate, as well as skills and a professional network needed for living wage employment and economic mobility. Mindy earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Management and Management Education at Capella University in 2016 and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Cynthia M. Proctor
Director of Communications and Academic Policy Development @The State University of New York
Cynthia Proctor is Director of Communications and Academic Policy Development for the Office of the Provost at SUNY System Administration. She develops and supports the implementation of SUNY academic policy, which applies to all 64 SUNY campuses. Ms. Proctor works closely with SUNY faculty and student governance on collaborative policy development that includes coordination of an open process to seek input from the SUNY community as a whole. Recently adopted policies include a new framework for the awarding of SUNY micro-credentials—stackable awards that verify skills and competencies mastered. Ms. Proctor holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations/Journalism from Utica College.