State university ‘microcredential’ programs offer flexible education for high-needs industries

Microcredentials are what Iowa State University Associate Provost Ann Marie VanDerZanden described as shorter disciplinary programs that instill knowledge, skills and abilities through focused learning. She said they allow learners to get a leg up on the workforce competition and possibly push them to receiving more educational credentials down the line.

Last year, ISU conducted a study of the microcredential programs that are offered across the college’s disciplines in order to find commonalities and put them under one branding umbrella. The task force created for this work found that students didn’t really see the value of these microcredentials, which university officials said they are working to rectify.

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