One of the early higher education adopters of microcredentials, SUNY’s program centers on: academic quality; alignment to industry and professional standards; pathways to certificates, initial and/or advanced degrees (stackability); formal recognition of completion via a transcript and digital badge (portability); and recognition of microcredentials for multiple audiences. These criteria are the hallmarks that nearly every national/international report on the subject identify as priority.
Fifteen years ago, the New York Times published an article about the “tuition game,” in which colleges raised tuitions to compete with rival schools and, in response, saw notable increases in their enrollments. In fact, enrollments continued to grow throughout the next four years. And then, suddenly, they began to decline. They have maintained their steady decline ever since.