Press Release

The Microdegree: The First Open and Stackable Professional Credential
Atlanta, GA - April 9, 2015

Atlanta based Edevate (www.edevate.com) today announced the Microdegree®, a Digital Credential certifying that the holder has completed 1,000 hours of learning experience in a professional discipline including a minimum of 500 contact hours in accredited educational programs. The completion of a Microdegree parallels the commitment of a full year of undergraduate upper level courses.

The Microdegree offers the 1st open credentialing process for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), coding “boot camps” and other competency-based programs. Unlike Udacity’s Nanodegree, the Microdegree is institution agnostic and can be earned by combining programs offered at many different institutions and by stacking different types of educational processes.

The Microdegree is evidenced by a secure PDF diploma documents and a digital badge linked to a transcript of the educational experiences underlying the program. Edevate is in discussion with a number of regionally accredited colleges and universities that are interested in both adopting the Microdegree and granting transfer credit for 15 to 30 credit hours.

Microdegree candidates may elect to complete an Educational Testing Services Major Field Test. Major Field Tests are comprehensive undergraduate and MBA outcomes assessments that measure critical knowledge and understanding in a major field of study including ability to analyze and solve problems, understand relationships and interpret material from the major field of study.

Gordon Rogers, President and Cofounder of Edevate stated: “Efforts are underway to achieve wider recognition and acceptance of alternative forms of credentialing. This trend could be compared to the introduction of iTunes, which offered consumers the option to purchase a single track instead of the entire album. Reinventing a credentialing system is not going to happen in a semester, but cracks are appearing in the ivory tower’s foundation and we intend the Microdegree to be at the forefront of this movement”

Thomas Frey, Futurist Engineer, Author and founder of the non-profit DaVinci Institute which operates a Micro College called DaVinci Coders stated: “The DaVinci Institute is proud to be the launch partner for the Microdegree. We offer immersive courses geared to building in-demand job skills at a fraction of the cost of traditional 2-4 year institutions.  Micro Colleges are the fastest way to re-skill and the Microdegree effectively credentials the real-world learning that takes place in our programs. http://www.davinciinstitute.com/

Edevate has curated over 8,800 free & low cost educational resources at www.edevate.com all of which can be used to earn credit towards a Microdegree. Users can find courses by multiple search criteria including specific skills and maintain a Universal TranscriptTM of educational experiences and credentials.

For more information: Gareth N. Genner, CEO.   Cell: 404-791-5973    Email: ggenner@edevate.com


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