Submit a Proposal

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If you have an idea for a micro-credential, we urge you to work with your department and decanal unit (or office, for non-academic units) to get all necessary approvals and submit a completed proposal for review. Faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals on an on-going basis.

Step 1: Determine if micro-credentials are the right solution

Ensure that you are able to respond to the following questions:

1. What is the purpose that your micro-credential will serve?

2. Does your micro-credential fall under one of the following broad categories as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers?

  • Career Management
  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Digital technology
  • Global/intercultural fluency
  • Oral/written communications
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork/collaboration

3. Who is your audience?

4. How will you promote the micro-credential to your audience?

5. How do you know there will be interest in this micro-credential?

Step 2: Develop your micro-credential and submit your proposal

It is highly recommended that you request a consultation with Anne Reed, Director of Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges (annereed@buffalo.edu) prior to submitting a proposal. Anne can help strengthen your idea, assist with instructional design and provide additional guidance as necessary.

Please use the Micro-Credential Proposal Form and supplemental Digital Badge Overview document (below) to submit new proposals. Once proper signatures are obtained, proposals should be forwarded to micro@buffalo.edu.

Step 3: University-level review

When the proposal is submitted, the Micro-Credential Review Committee will review the proposal and approve it, or recommend revisions. Please allow six weeks for this process. If revisions are recommended, the proposing department/unit should work with the Office of Micro-Credentials to make the suggested changes.

Note: Your proposed program may be subject to curriculum committee review; please check with your decanal unit prior to submitting your proposal.

Upon approval by the committee, the proposal will be presented to the appropriate (undergraduate or graduate) deans’ council for final approval.

Note: SUNY/SED review and approval is not required for micro-credentials.

Step 4: Badge creation and implementation

Once the proposal is approved, the proposing department/unit should then reach out to Anne Reed (annereed@buffalo.edu) to begin developing the corresponding digital badge.

When the badge has been created, it will then be placed into Credly, where it can be issued to students.

Please allow up to four weeks from the date your proposal is approved, for your completed badge design to be input into Credly and ready to be issued.

Additional Resources

Questions? Email Anne Reed (annereed@buffalo.edu) for assistance.