Moving from a Degree-Centric Postsecondary System to an Incremental Credentialing System: What Happens to Learners’ Financing Options?

Organization Case Study

CREDENTIAL AS YOU GO ORGANIZATION CASE STUDY

Computer Science Transfer Certificate

Pitt Community College

CREDENTIAL TITLE

Computer Science Transfer

CREDENTIAL LEVEL

Undergraduate

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Information Technology: Computer Programming and Development

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT

In Development

CREDIT/NON-CREDIT # OF CREDITS (IF CREDIT BEARING)

12

LENGTH OF CREDENTIAL

32 weeks

TYPES OF PARTNERSHIPS

Institutional

INCREMENTAL CREDENTIALING FRAMEWORK APPROACHES

TOP COMPETENCIES/LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems
  • Select and use appropriate models and techniques for finding solutions to algebra-related problems
  • Design, code, test and debug C++ and JAVA programs at beginning level

CREDENTIAL COMPONENTS

Why the Credential was Developed

  • This credential was developed to provide students with a transfer pathway into undergraduate computer science degree programs at institutions in the University of North Carolina System

How the Credential was Developed

  • The courses required by this credential were chosen after a scan of transfer equivalency was carried out
    • Nine of the University of North Carolina institutions offer one-to-one equivalency in computer science for CIS 110, CSC 134, and CSC 151
    • MAT 171 is designated as a college transfer course that meets lower division general education requirements at all of the University of North Carolina institutions

The Targeted Learners

  • Each course chosen for the credential is also required in the Information Technology: Computer Programming and Development Associate of Applied Science and will also be submitted to be approved as a Career and College Promise Pathway for high school students enrolled in community college courses
  • The credential can be completed in two semesters; All classes will be offered online to provide as much scheduling flexibility as possible

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