Lifelong Learning at Quinnipiac
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For Individuals

Continuing and Executive Education

Lifelong learners stay current with, bring advances to and create readiness for the drastic changes in technology, industry and communities around the world. Our array of online, on-campus and hybrid programs — including open enrollment programs, micro-credentials and digital badges — address market needs and give working professionals and executives like you the specialized skills and training you need to advance your career.

By The Numbers

35% Enrolled Nationally

35% of learners enrolled at institutions of higher education across the country identify as adult learners.

70% Additional Training

A study by Pearson Education showed that 70% of working professionals will require additional training to keep up with changes in their field.

62% Key to Success

The 2021 LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report found that 62% of employees feel that learning is the key to success in their career.

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What are open enrollment programs?

Quinnipiac expert faculty and the Department of Lifelong Learning offer a range of actionable, results-oriented open enrollment programs to address market needs and deliver relevant, cutting edge skills to keep you at the top of your game. Available for working professionals in business, healthcare, education, technology and more, these online and on-campus workshops impart specialized knowledge while offering stimulating networking opportunities.

Learners who complete the program may be eligible to earn micro-credentials, professional continuing education credits and/or transfer learning towards the completion of a graduate degree at Quinnipiac University.

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What are micro-credentials?

Quinnipiac’s extensive library of micro-credentials and digital badges are awarded to students to acknowledge their acquisition of specialized training, skills and abilities. Structured as a series of fast-paced and stackable courses, micro-credentials and badges provide learners with a unique indicator of their accomplishments to share with colleagues, managers and prospective employers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Quinnipiac University is an authorized provider of professional continuing education credits for a range of professions. Approval to offer continuing education credit varies by program, and the list of professional association and state approvals continues to grow.

See program-specific webpages or contact for the latest information.

Unlike traditional degrees or diplomas, which require several years of study, micro-credentials can often be earned in a matter of weeks or months. They are designed to be more flexible and accessible, catering to the needs of individuals looking to upskill or reskill quickly.

Open enrollment programs vary in terms of duration, with some programs taking place on a single day and others over the course of a few weeks or even months. Information about the duration of a specific program can be found on the program web page.

Much like for-credit courses, micro-credentials and digital badges adhere to a specific taxonomy framework that recognizes the level of involvement a learner needs to complete in order to earn the badges. Learners earn different levels of badges based on the intensity of learning activities and the proximity of those activities to actual professional environments.

No. Learners can pursue any level of micro-credential or digital badge. Badges do not need to be earned concurrently or stacked upon one another.

All students who complete a micro-credential associated with academic credit or co-curricular experiences will receive a designation on their transcript and a digital badge through Credly. Micro-credential earners are encouraged to share their achievements on resumes, social media platforms and e-portfolios.

Non-credit courses will not appear on a transcript but we encourage learners to share these relevant experiences and focus on the experiential learning, reflection and networking aspects of the programs.

Educators who are interested in developing micro-credentials can begin the process by submitting the micro-credential prospectus form to the Lifelong Learning Advisory Council.

Learn more about designing a micro-credential