Announcing MicroBachelors® Programs, an Innovative Undergraduate-Level Credential That Will Transform the Future of Work and Higher Education
January 8, 2020 | Carolyn Tiernan
Today, we are proud to announce MicroBachelors® Programs, the first credit-backed stackable credential, marking a significant milestone in online learning. Created by edX in an innovative partnership with top colleges, universities and Fortune 1000 corporations, MicroBachelors programs deliver immediately transferable skills to meet the real-world needs of employers, while providing a pathway to a full Bachelor’s degree.
edX was founded on the mission to increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere and MicroBachelors programs are the next step forward in fulfilling that mission. These programs are a significant step towards making a key academic milestone — the Bachelor’s degree — accessible and doing so in a way that positively impacts the members of our workforce most at risk to be displaced by automation and other changes in the workplace. We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with our academic and industry partners to offer these programs that enable continuous, lifelong learning and promise immediately applicable skills and knowledge with a valuable credit-backed credential.
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.
Breaking down the barriers of time and money, MicroBachelors programs are affordable, priced between $500 and $1,500 (roughly $166 per credit), and can be completed fully online, allowing working adults to complete the coursework on their own schedule. The programs are independently valuable as the rigorous content is created by academic institutions with input from industry leaders to deliver immediately transferable skills for the workplace. In addition, since the programs are backed by credit, once earned, learners can elect to apply credit from one of edX’s university credit partners toward a full Bachelor’s degree. MicroBachelors programs fit into edX’s vision to transform the delivery of education in a modular, stackable way.
The first MicroBachelors programs are:
- IT Career Framework from Western Governors University (WGU), which is recognized for credit by WGU.
- Computer Science Fundamentals from New York University (NYU), which is pending recognition for credit by Thomas Edison State University (TESU).
- Professional Writing from Arizona State University (ASU), with additional programs to be announced.
We look forward to announcing additional MicroBachelors programs and new credit pathways that stack into full degree options in the future. To learn more about MicroBachelors programs on edX, visit www.edx.org/microbachelors.