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A Mixed-Methods Study of Micro-Credentials in Ontario Public Colleges and Universities: Possibilities for Transfer and Stacking

March 2024

Authors: Scott Davies (University of Toronto), Mohamed Dahir (University of Toronto), John McLevey (University of Waterloo)

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Executive Summary

Ontario’s provincial government has recently incentivized its public postsecondary institutions to offer “micro-credentials.” The government is touting micro-credentials as time-efficient and cost-efficient programs via which learners can access specialized training and demonstrate marketable skills to employers. This study examines the current state of micro-credentials in Ontario public colleges and universities, as well as their potential to be awarded as transfer credits and be “stacked” and “laddered.”