Thomas Edison State University has completed its reviews and will now offer college credit for a College of IT, Western Governors University’s MicroBachelors® program “Introduction to Information Technology” and for Doane University’s “Marketing Essentials,” both offered through edX.org. The MicroBachelors® programs created by edX.org, the trusted platform for learning, is the first credit-backed stackable credential and marks a significant milestone in online learning by delivering immediately transferable skills to meet the real-world needs of employers, while providing a pathway to a full bachelor’s degree.
MicroBachelors programs are designed for adults without a college degree who believe they need additional education to advance in their careers. This group, like the majority of Americans, cannot afford a traditional bachelor’s degree and cannot take the time away from work to pursue one. Additionally, the rate at which technological change is affecting the global workforce means that adults need immediately transferable skills that can be delivered in months, not years.
“We are pleased to continue expanding this collaboration with edX and help to provide access to high-quality undergraduate education for nontraditional students and workers through the MicroBachelors programs,” said Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, president, Thomas Edison State University. “By recognizing MicroBachelors programs for credit, we are creating yet another diverse and alternative method to gain access to a relevant and affordable undergraduate education.”
Additionally, Thomas Edison is planning to offer a few of its own TESU courses through the edX platform. MicroBachelors programs are affordably priced between $500 and $1,500 (roughly $166 per credit) and can be completed fully online, allowing working adults to complete the course work on their own schedule. Since the programs are backed by credit, once earned, learners can elect credit at no additional cost from edX’s credit partner, TESU. MicroBachelors programs fit into edX’s vision to transform the delivery of education in a modular, stackable way.
Earlier this year, the TESU completed its review and offers college credit for New York University Tandon School of Engineering’s MicroBachelors program in Computer Science Fundamentals offered on edX.org.
Development of MicroBachelors programs is funded by Boeing; Lumina Foundation; SunTrust Foundation (now Truist Foundation); Walmart; Jeremy M. and Joyce E. Wertheimer Foundation; and Yidan Prize Foundation. This diverse group of supporters recognize the importance of addressing the global workforce education challenges that companies and workers face.
“As an institution providing credit for MicroBachelors programs on edX, the first credit-backed stackable credential, Thomas Edison State University (TESU) plays an integral role in the launch of these innovative programs. TESU shares edX’s commitment to delivering flexible, affordable pathways to high-quality undergraduate education. TESU joins us in providing credit and pathways to full TESU bachelor’s degrees and in signaling to employers that the MicroBachelors programs are rigorous enough to be credit grade and equip learners with applicable knowledge.” said edX Founder and CEO Anant Agarwal.