Alternative Credential Platforms

Nontraditional and digital credentials are offered through a higher education institution’s partnerships with approved third-party vendors. These alternative credentials may be viewed as pathways to obtain attainable and accessible education. Such courses or modules may be used as supplemental materials to instruction provided within the higher education institution’s graded, organized courses or offered as a stand-alone program. Digital badge awards do not typically come with letter grades upon completion, nor add or subtract to an enrolled student’s grade point average (GPA), nor produce a GPA for non-enrolled students.  An institution’s Transfer Credit typically addresses whether academic credit may be earned within these platforms.