Policy and Procedure for Micro-credentials
In March 2019, the University at Albany Senate voted to approve this policy and procedure for governing micro-credentials at UAlbany:
Micro-credentials at UAlbany are a collection of courses and/or experiences that help students develop and document professional skills and competencies. The University at Albany will offer three types of micro-credentials: Professional Pathways, Skill Badges and Continuing Education Badges. Micro-credentials will be issued as an icon called a digital badge. They will not appear on the academic transcript, but on an online credentialing platform called Credly Acclaim. Students will earn a micro-credential based on tangible evidence of competencies and skills that they will upload to the digital badge on Credly Acclaim.
Faculty and/or departments will develop micro-credentials through a proposal process centralized in the Center for Experiential Education (CEE), which will convene a committee of faculty and staff to review and approve them. This committee will include a current member of the Undergraduate Academic Council (UAC) and a current member of the Graduate Academic Council (GAC). The CEE will report approved micro-credentials to GAC for those at the graduate level, to UAC for those at the undergraduate level, and all approved micro-credentials to the Senate Executive Committee.
Note: The names of the three types of micro-credentials have been changed since this policy and procedure were passed.
Micro-credential Review Committee
The review and approval process allows the university to catalog micro-credentialing opportunities and provide an efficient and consistent mechanism for tracking and managing badges on Credly Acclaim. Any new courses created in the process of developing a micro-credential must go through the normal course approval process and fit into an existing program of study.
Chair: Debra Gelinas, Assistant Vice Provost for Applied Learning, Office of the Provost
Alexander Dawson, Associate Professor, Department of History
Diane Hamilton, Instructional Designer, Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership (ITLAL)
Kelsey O’Brien, Information Literacy Librarian, University Libraries
Annette Richie, Director of Global Academic Programs, Center for International Education and Global Strategy
Jerusalem Rivera-Wilson, Continuing Education and Certification Coordinator, School of Education
Edmund Stazyk, Associate Professor, Rockefeller College/ Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy
The committee uses a Micro-credential Proposal Review Rubric to review proposals. We recommend using the rubric as a resource for the development of proposals. Read further guidance for developing your proposal.