Jefferson Community College believes students may enhance and extend their academic experience by earning quality microcredentials that verify, validate, and attest that specific skills and/or competencies have been achieved.
Certain terms are used in this document with specific meanings, as defined in this section.
- The term “Microcredential” is used to refer to a cluster of credit-bearing coursework ranging from 6 to 23 credit hours.
- The phrase “Periodic Review” is an assessment process used to measure the effectiveness of a curricular program.
- The term “residency” refers to the amount of microcredential coursework that must be completed at the home college in order to be considered a student at the College.
STATEMENT OF POLICY:
- Any member or group of the College may develop a Microcredential using the Guiding Principles of SUNY's Microcredential Policy that document learner achievement in competencies needed for post-graduate success, reskilling, or upskilling.
- Jefferson Microcredentials will be titled “name” (Example: “Non-Profit Leadership" Microcredential).
- Each proposed microcredential must include:
- All course requirements for such microcredential;
- The College residency requirement for such microcredential;
- The minimum course requirements to be completed after enrolling for such microcredential;
- The minimum GPA requirement, to be no lower than 2.0, for coursework for such microcredential.
- Each proposed microcredential is reviewed and recommended for approval by the College Senate Curriculum Committee and for final approval by the College Senate. Deactivating a microcredential also requires the approval of the Curriculum Committee as well as final approval by the Senate.
- Microcredentials are awarded upon successful completion of the specific requirements for that credential.
- Each Microcredential will be documented and awarded to currently enrolled students through the Registrar’s office. The Registrar’s Office will be responsible for maintaining permanent records of awarded credentials.
- Microcredentials are assessed as part of the College’s periodic review cycle.
- The Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for overseeing this policy.
Revised: Res. 185-22, November 2022