edX Grows Portfolio of Innovative Credential for the Future of Work and Education in the Time of COVID-19

Today, we’re excited to announce three new MicroBachelors® programs, growing the portfolio of credit-backed, stackable credentials to five innovative programs. Created by edX in partnership with top colleges, universities and Fortune 1000 corporations, MicroBachelors programs meet the real-world needs of employers while providing a pathway to a full Bachelor’s degree. 

When we launched MicroBachelors programs in January 2020, we knew they solved a real and urgent need for working adults. Now, as the global economy deals with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, MicroBachelors programs are more relevant than ever. They offer immediately transferable skills for people looking for new or more secure jobs, and academic credit for people with college plans left up in the air. 

The new programs are Professional Writing from Arizona State University, Marketing Essentials from Doane University, and Elements of Data Science from Rice University. These join the currently available programs in IT Career Framework from Western Governors University (WGU) and Computer Science Fundamentals from New York University (NYU). All programs are approved, or pending approval, for credit by Thomas Edison State University (TESU). 

COVID-19 has disrupted the economy creating record high unemployment, and is demonstrating the value of a college degree for improved job security. MicroBachelors programs are designed for this group of adults because they are valuable, modular programs focused on in-demand skills that come with credit that stacks towards a Bachelor’s degree. 

In addition, the pandemic is causing many young adults to delay or reexamine their college plans. An Arts and Science Group survey found roughly one in six high school seniors say they definitely or most likely will change their plans to attend college in the fall because of the coronavirus. For this group, MicroBachelors programs offer the opportunity to become better prepared for college, or explore in-demand fields like computer science and IT while earning college credit. For example, a student could take the Professional Writing and IT Career Framework MicroBachelors programs and earn 15 academic credits, which is a typical semester credit load.

Vasu, a learner who recently took NYU’s Computer Science Fundamentals MicroBachelors program, shared that the material was effective and hopes to use his new knowledge to better shape his future.

We’d also like to acknowledge the support of Boeing, Lumina Foundation, Truist Foundation, Walmart, Jeremy M. and Joyce E. Wertheimer Foundation and Yidan Prize Foundation, who supported the development of these programs from the beginning.

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