Micro-credentials Policy
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Micro-credentials Policy


Jefferson Community College believes students may enhance and extend their academic experience by earning quality micro‐credentials 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.

  1. The term “Micro-credential” is used to refer to a cluster of credit-bearing coursework ranging from 9 to 23 credit hours.
  2. The phrase “Periodic Review” is an assessment process used to measure the effectiveness of a curricular program.
  3. The term “residency” refers to the amount of micro-credential coursework that must be completed at the home college in order to be considered a student at the College.


  1. Any member or group of the College may develop a Micro-credential using the Guiding Principles of SUNY's Micro-Credential Policy that document learner achievement in competencies needed for post-graduate success, reskilling, or upskilling.
  2. Jefferson Micro-Credentials will be titled “name” (Example: “Non-Profit Leadership Credential).
  3. Each proposed micro-credential must include:
    1. All course requirements for such micro-credential;
    2. The College residency requirement for such micro-credential;
    3. The minimum course requirements to be completed after enrolling for such micro-credential;
    4. The minimum GPA requirement, to be no lower than 2.0, for coursework for such micro-credential.
  4. Each proposed micro-credential is reviewed and recommended for approval by the College Senate Curriculum Committee and for final approval by the College Senate. Deactivating a micro-credential also requires the approval of the Curriculum Committee as well as final approval by the Senate.
  5. Micro-credentials are awarded upon successful completion of the specific requirements for that credential and when all College financial obligations are satisfactorily met.
  6. Each Micro-credential 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.
  7. Micro-credentials are assessed as part of the College’s periodic review cycle.
  8. The Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for overseeing this policy.



Approved:  Res. 115-21, March 2021