We are pleased to share the final report from the ENQA working group on Micro-credentials. The working group, Chaired by BAC, consisted of a group of 18 representatives from ENQA member agencies across 13 countries with the following objectives:

  • to map quality assurance approaches for micro-credentials across the EHEA (with emphasis on the role of quality assurance agencies in externally quality assuring such provision);
  • to determine areas of specific importance in relation to the quality assurance of micro-credentials in alignment with the ESG;
  • and to develop guidance on key considerations of quality assurance for micro-credentials, which could serve to support multiple stakeholder groups.

The report makes a series of recommendations and provides case studies demonstrating how different national contexts have proposed regulatory or voluntary external quality assurance arrangements. The case study from BAC can be found on page 66 of the report. BAC would like to thank ENQA for the opportunity to continue towards this project, as not only has it informed the development of the Micro-credentials pilot scheme which has to date accredited two institutions, but the content of the report has already been used by ENQA in their discussions about micro-credentials to the European Commission and in the context of the Bologna Process.

Micro-credentials continues to be a key area of discussion across the EHEA and it is likely that BAC will continue to contribute towards this discussion.