Continuing education units at Wisconsin, Washington, Georgia Tech, UCLA, UC Davis, and UC Irvine are collaborating on low-cost micro credentials offered via a common storefront, the University Learning Store. Individual courses address topics common to the needs of many working professionals, cost between $50 and $150 apiece, include a digital badge as proof of competency, and can be stacked into certificates. Current certificates include:
- Workplace Writing
- Effective Business Writing Skills
- Business Communications
- Global Business Communication
Bolkan, Joshua. “6 Universities Partner on Credentialing Initiative.” Campus Technology, March 22, 2016.
Dian Schaffhauser, “U Wisconsin Campuses Kick Off Online Master’s in Data Science.” Campus Technology, July 2015.
University of Wisconsin-Extension is partnering with six small-to-medium size campuses in the Wisconsin system to offer a fully online master’s degree in data science.
Courses will cover statistics, programming, data warehouses, high performance computing, data mining, data visualization and communicating about data, prescriptive analytics and the ethics of data science, among other topics.
The degree is not dependent on state funding or budget allocation–it will be run off of student tuition dollars.