Will micro-degrees find a home in higher ed?

Will micro-degrees find a home in higher ed?

Reported by EdSurge, edX is following up their MicroMasters degrees with the very first MicroBachelors programs. The first two offerings being Computer Science Fundamentals from NYUx, and the second, Information Technology Career Framework from WGUx.

Pitched as a credential-first starting path toward a bachelor’s degree, it will be interesting to see if these end up becoming popular upskilling packages for existing employees – especially with very concentrated curricula focus, timeline (less than 4 months) and cost (under $1,000 in total).

The takeaway? These degree programs will likely be as popular as the employer demand for them. If a student can put that they have their “mb in IT” on their resume, and have it seen as a successful skills litmus, these could become a wonderfully affordable upskilling offering for higher ed.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.