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

Project Management Certificate

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

CREDENTIAL TITLE

Project Management Certificate

CREDENTIAL LEVEL

Undergraduate

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Office of Online Learning

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT

Launched

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

Non-credit

LENGTH OF CREDENTIAL

24 weeks

TYPES OF PARTNERSHIPS

Industry

INCREMENTAL CREDENTIALING FRAMEWORK APPROACHES

  • Learn As You Go
  • Add On As You Go

TOP COMPETENCIES/LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Provide the essential skills to complete your project on a budget, efficiently and effectively. This course complies with the PMI standards and participants will earn 36 PM credits to satisfy the PMP certification education requirement.

CREDENTIAL COMPONENTS

Why the Credential was Developed

  • We identified a state-wide workforce need
  • In addition to other requirements, a student must earn at least 36 hours of instruction to sit for the Project Management exam offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Most institutions that offer the credits offer them face-to-face; we knew that offering this course in an online, self-paced format would be an excellent option for some learners
  • By earning the Project Management Certificate, students fulfill the instructional requirement for the PMI exam
  • Opportunities for certified project managers are available across the professional spectrum, from white-collar jobs in tech to blue-collar industries such as construction
  • As a historically American Indian university, diversity, equity, and inclusion is part of our DNA

How the Credential was Developed

  • To develop the content, we hired a professor from the School of Business specializing in International Business, utilizing our studio to create engaging video lectures
  • Internally, the provost approved the development and deployment
  • We also got approval from the PMI, which ensures that individuals earning our certificate can sit for the exam
  • Quality was a primary consideration throughout the development of the credential – The Office of Online Learning strongly emphasizes sound instructional design, and program quality was considered throughout the design process

The Targeted Learners

  • Our targeted learner is anyone interested in obtaining a Certificate in Project Management
  • We advertise the program on all social media platforms and our website
  • The program is offered through the Canvas Learning Management System. Students have access to 24-hour technical support via chat or phone.
  • The Division of Information Technology provides technical support to ensure students have the necessary resources to succeed

Lessons Learned

  • We gained valuable knowledge about what it takes to prepare a professor to record a lecture to accommodate virtual deliveries.
  • Currently, we are contacting the students via email to award their certificates, which is not ideal. We are implementing a program called Badgr which provides a repository for displaying badges and includes a public page for learners to showcase badges and a transcript. This system allows students to share and showcase their accomplishments with others easily.

 

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