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Meaningful Credentials: Reflections from UIC’s Co-Op Program

Meaningful Credentials: Reflections from UIC’s Co-Op Program

The Co-Op Program at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) recently developed and had approved the first pre-baccalaureate certificate offered by the University of Illinois state system. In this slide deck, Kaitlin Stober, Program Coordinator of University Illinois Chicago’s Co-Op Program, outlines her team’s approach to building a meaningful credential for students in inclusive postsecondary education. The Co-Op Program was funded during the 2020 TPSID cycle, and started operating as an official, credit-bearing university certificate in Fall 2022. This means, all Co-Op students have full-student status and earn transferable and transcripted college credits for the coursework they complete. The slides outline: 1) Why they chose this credential path 2) the Co-Op curriculum, 3) steps taken to become an official certificate, and 4) strategies and supports leveraged to be successful.
 

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2022
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