Board Policy - Micro-Credential

  • Tompkins Cortland micro-credentials will be approved via Level 3 Curriculum Committee policy, but do not require SUNY or SED approval. 
  • Tompkins Cortland micro-credentials will be titled “name Credential.” (Example: “Direct Support Credential.”) 
  • Micro-credential proposals must be brought before the Curriculum Committee by a department chair or full-time faculty member, including those developed by adjunct faculty or with staff from outside agencies. As with any Curriculum Committee proposal, department approval is required before consideration by the Curriculum Committee. 
  • Tompkins Cortland micro-credentials may not be revised. Any revision to an existing credential constitutes a new credential. 
  • Credentials will consist of no fewer than 6 and no more than 23 credits for completion. 
  • The Academic Records Office will create and maintain a Credential Requirement Checklist for each approved micro-credential. 
  • Fifty-percent of required credits must be taken through Tompkins Cortland Community College (not via transfer credit, testing, or experiential learning.) 
  • Any course may be applied to meet requirements for more than one credential. No minimum number of unique courses/credits are required. 
  • In accord with existing college policy, no more than six credits may be taken for a pass/fail grade. 
  • Course substitutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis using the existing Waiver Request process. 
  • Students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the college to be awarded a credential. Any proposed exceptions to this policy will require that the student submit an Appeal for Special Consideration. 
  • Credentials may be conferred in January, May, August, and December. Students will be awarded a certificate of completion, which will display the title of the credential and list courses completed with credits awarded for each, signed by the registrar. Academic Records will be responsible for maintaining permanent records of awarded credentials. Academic Records will collaborate with Campus Technology to create a process to email students their certificates. Initial or replacement micro-credential hard-copy certificates will be supplied to students for a fee. (Suggested fee: $10.00). 


January 24, 2019 Resolution 2018-2019-20