About Badges at Pace

What are the Benefits of a Digital Badge from Pace?

Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of. Pace University has partnered with Credly to offer digital badges. Credly is a leading digital credential service provider. Credly’s Acclaim Platform also offers labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through the Acclaim Platform.

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How Will I Receive a Badge?

The process is slightly different if you’re taking a for-credit or non-credit badge. Upon completing required courses through Pace University for a for-credit badge, you will complete a Badge Completion Form, and your credentials will be uploaded to Credly. This action issues your badge. Credly will email you with instructions on how to claim the badge and display it to your social media. Credly’s site includes all instructions on how to proceed through the process.

For non-credit, there is no form to submit, and your credentials are uploaded to Credly when you pass your badging program.

Get badges in:

Business

Technology

Soft Skills

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What’s the difference between for credit and non-credit badges?

When you’re looking at our badge offerings, you might notice in the descriptions that badges are identified as “credit” or “non-credit.” What is the difference?

Credit courses are designed for students who are interested in obtaining skills and knowledge in addition to formal education. These badges allow for the student to earn college credits that can be applied to a degree or certificate. Students who take credit courses receive a letter grade at the completion of the semester. In addition to a grade on a Pace University transcript, the badge provides students with a credential to acknowledge skills, competencies, accomplishments, and the mastery of knowledge.

Non-credit courses on the other hand cannot typically be applied to degrees (although in some special circumstances they can) and instead award CEU’s.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm nervous about going back to school. How will I know where to find my course and how to navigate the learning platform?
Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Pace has been delivering online courses for over 20 years and is well versed in orienting students to our systems and learning platforms. We want you to be successful. You will be provided with orientation tutorials and a handbook which will include how to locate and log into our learning platform.
Are the courses for these badges offered in person or online?

Currently, Pace badge courses are only online, but in the future, there will be opportunities to attend both in-person and hybrid courses.

Online students at Pace University can:

  • Shape their course schedules around their work and family obligations
  • Connect with faculty, staff, and students through online chat groups and forums
  • Enjoy on-campus benefits, including access to learning resource centers and study rooms
I am really excited about this, but what if something comes up or this badge isn't for me?

If you’re taking a for credit course for a badge and wish to drop the course, follow the university’s drop / add policy, which you can refer to hereTo drop a non-credit badge, you can withdrawal up to the Wednesday before the class starts for a full refund. To withdrawal from a non-credit class, email continuinged@pace.edu. 

Can current students or alumni earn digital badges?
Anyone in good financial standing with the university can earn digital badges. Typically badge courses do not require prerequisites or application to the University.
Will this badge show up on my transcript?
The course(s) you take to complete the badge – and the grades – will appear on your transcript. Your badge will be available to you through the Credly platform once your program is completed. We’ll email you the Credly information, which allows you to create an account, accept the badge, and then can include it in on your LinkedIn page, other social media, or in any communication where you’d like others to be aware of your achievement.
I actually went to Pace before, but I didn't finish my degree. If I want to get a badge, what do I do?

Absolutely, you can participate in the badge program!

If you wish to take a non-credit badge, you can register as normal.

For a for-credit badge, the Badge Coordinator will walk you through the process.

Money is tight right now. Do you have any scholarships?

Unfortunately, we do not have any scholarships available for badge courses at this time.  

However, if you attend a non-credit information session for your badge, you get a discount for registering. You can see those here. Non-credit badge courses are also eligible for private education loans, Workforce grants from your local Workforce development office, and payment plans if the badge is over $1,000.  

Pace is offering these credited badge courses at a reduced tuition rate. if you are attending Pace University to take a badge course or two, you will not be considered a matriculated student. As such, you will not be eligible for financial aid. If you wish to explore the option of being matriculated into the school to be eligible for Federal student aid, please contact our admissions department. 

Do I need to get a certain grade to get my badge?

For undergraduate students, a minimum grade of C is needed in each credited badge course to earn the badge.

For graduate students, a grade of B or better is expected in the credited badge courses.

Any Pace Online students who fall below the required badge minimum grade will be informed of the option to retake course.  

Students taking non-credit courses will need to pass the course(s) to earn the badge.

I have a disability. What help is available for me?

Pace has an amazing Student Accessibility Office that can help with access and accommodations. You can learn more about them here.

Is there a guide with policies and procedures that I can reference once I register for a badge?

Yes! In addition to having an academic advisor or program manager supporting you, there is a for-credit Badging Student Handbook available, as well as one for non-credit students, which both include support services, policies, procedures, and other important information.

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