Digital Credentials Policy

  1. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is the unit responsible for the administrative management of Marquette’s badges. Ownership of all badges and the information contained there-in is retained by Marquette.
  2. There are four roles involved in the creation/validating/assessment of Marquette’s badges.
    1. Digital Credentials Initiator (DCI): Any Marquette faculty or staff may propose a badge and is designated as the DCI for that particular badge. The DCI may also be involved in the evaluation and review process, as determined by the Digital Credentials Advisory Committee.
    2. Digital Credentials Administrator (DCA): A Marquette administrator within the CTL, who is responsible for: advising the DCI in the development of badges that incorporate appropriate outcomes and pedagogy; maintaining the software platform; instructional design coordination; building badges; and, security of the software and participants’ who utilize the software.
    3. Digital Credentials Validator (DCV): Designated Marquette faculty or staff who are responsible to validate the completion and awarding of a badge. The DCI may also be the designated DCV, if outlined as such on the proposal.
    4. Digital Credentials Advisory Committee (DCAC): Responsible for the approval of any substantive change to this policy and for the annual evaluation and review of the quality and continued appropriateness of badges. The advisory committee will be composed of a minimum of: the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (or designee), the Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies (or designee), the DCA; and, one representative from each of these units: Student Affairs; the Office of the Registrar; the University Board of Undergraduate Studies (UBUS), and the University Board of Graduate Studies (UBGS).
  3. Badges are created, maintained and awarded through the designated digital credentialing system and will include the following criteria, as approved:
    1. Insignia of Marquette University
    2. Icon of the credential associated with the learning outcomes of the program/curriculum
    3. Title of the badge
    4. Description of the badge
    5. Learning outcomes/curriculum of the badge
    6. Criteria for awarding the badge
    7. Name of industry or professional bodies that have endorsed the badge (as appropriate).
  4. Badge proposals must include the following:
    1. Documented assessment that the badge will satisfy an unfilled need of Marquette’s students and/or the labor market. In the case of labor market, use of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and/or industry/professional organizations outlining the need are required.
    2. A list of experiences/courses/activities to be completed to earn the badge.
    3. Evidence of appropriate learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
    4. Evidence that instructors, appropriate to the badge content, are available to teach.
    5. Appointment of the appropriate professional who is responsible to validate and award the badge.
    6. Criteria for termination of the badge.
  5. Proposals for Educational Enhancement and Stackable badges are accepted throughout the year. The process is as follows:
    1. DCI discusses the idea for a badge with department chair, supervisor or division head.
    2. DCI submits badge idea and rationale form online.
    3. The DCA meets with DCI to complete the badge proposal [proposal form will be linked here when placed on website].
    4. The DCA distributes the proposal to the chairs of all departments (or director-level equivalents for units who are not departments) involved in offering the badge and seeks comment or guidance.
    5. The DCA seeks the approval of the deans of all colleges involved in offering the badge.
    6. The DCA forwards the proposal to the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs or Vice Provost of Graduate and Professional Studies, or both (who confer with each other), as appropriate, who:
      1. Reviews the proposal.
      2. Denies or approves the proposal.
      3. If approved, forwards it to the appropriate committee (UBUS/UBGS/Academic Senate/Board of Trustees – see Attachment 1).
    7. Once approved, the DCA works with the DCI to create the badge.
    8. Once created, the badge may be offered.
  6. Proposals for Professional Development Badges are accepted throughout the year. The process is as follows [link to workflow diagram will be inserted here]:
    1. DCI discusses the idea for a badge with department chair, supervisor or division head.
    2. DCI submits badge idea and rationale form online.
    3. The DCA meets with the DCI to complete the badge proposal [proposal form will be linked here when placed on website].
    4. The DCA seeks the approval of the deans of all colleges involved in offering the badge.
    5. The DCA forwards the proposal to the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs or Vice Provost Graduate and Professional Studies, or both (who confer with each other), as appropriate, who:
      1. Reviews the proposal.
      2. Denies or approves the proposal (See Attachment 1).
    6. Once approved, the DCA works with the DCI to create the badge.
    7. Once created, the badge may be offered.
  7. Awarding Marquette badges: the DCV determines that an applicant has completed the criteria and demonstrated the outcomes required for a badge, as approved, and awards the badge.
  8. Participants:
    1. Depending on the type of badge, participants in badge programs may be current students, graduates of Marquette or the public in general.
    2. Students/participants must enroll in each badge they intend to pursue.
    3. Students who are continuously enrolled in a degree program at Marquette while pursuing a badge may use their coursework to complete a badge, if that coursework is so identified in the badge criteria.
    4. Marquette will use past courses/experiences/activities to award a badge for only current Marquette students.
    5. Student/participants must complete badges within the time-period indicated in the proposal.
      1. In the case of the Educational Enhancement and Stackable Badges, those who are seeking a degree at the time of enrollment, must complete the badges in which they are enrolled prior to graduation.
      2. Stackable badges may be combined with other stackable badges earned in subsequent enrollment periods, if the badge is completed within the time-period of the particular badge, as outlined in the proposal.
  9. Evaluation and Review of Badges:
    1. The DCAC will be responsible for the constellation of Marquette’s badges and the quality assurance of all badges.
    2. A minimum review of the quality of each badge includes, but is not limited to:
      1. The number of participants
      2. The relevance of the skill(s) identified in the learning outcome(s) of each badge
      3. That the components of the badge still appropriately demonstrate those skills
      4. Student feedback
      5. Success of industry or professional partnership/s, including feedback from partner/s (as appropriate)
      6. Suggested areas for improvement
      7. Request and justification for continuation
      8. Any additional resources needed to continue the badge, if necessary
  10. Sunset Clause:
    1. At the time of the proposal, the DCI must set the criteria for termination of a badge and outline the communication plan to the holders of the badge.
    2. Badges may be terminated based on the determination of the Evaluation and Review process, regardless of the specifications of the sunset clause.
    3. In either case, the termination or sun-setting of a badge must include provisions for completion by students currently enrolled in the badge.