Recognizing that higher education must adapt to meet the changing needs of job seekers and employers, a prestigious group of universities has partnered to create a new kind of credential that is specific and relevant to today’s job market.
The world has changed. Gone are the days when a person could go to college for two or four years, graduate, and work for the same company until retirement.
Today, the rapid pace of change means working adults must continually update their skills to remain employable and competitive in the global jobs market. Just as crucial, they need clear, trusted ways to tell employers exactly what they know and are able to do.
The time has come for a new kind of credential. A focused credential that provides the on-demand learning today’s workforce needs. An affordable credential that can be earned in days or weeks—not months or years—and clearly indicates what the holders of the credentials can do.
Most of all, the working world needs a relevant credential that is verified by employers, built with their input, and awarded by the finest institutions in higher education.
This is our challenge and our goal. Welcome to the University Learning Store.
Online, skills-focused credentials from the nation’s top universities
A first in nonprofit higher education, the University Learning Store offers a practical and affordable way to earn credentials that hold real value in today’s job market. Whether you wish to gain new skills or simply document proof of skills you already have, online credentials from the University Learning Store can give you a competitive advantage at every stage of your career.
Competency-based credentials are verified by employers
Competencies are skills and abilities—the things you need to know and be able to do. All University Learning Store credentials are developed by faculty from partnering universities and verified by employers and industry experts to ensure that you learn the specific skills and abilities employers want.
Authentic assessments prove your proficiency
University Learning Store credentials validate your learning through authentic assessments—hands-on, skills-based tests that demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge in practice. This makes University Learning Store credentials meaningful and applicable to employers.
Credentials can be completed in just days or weeks
University Learning Store learning apps are built to be short, inexpensive, and focused on specific skills. Enroll anytime to learn the skills you need, whenever you need them. If you are already proficient in a skill, you can skip the learning app and attempt the badge assessment using your existing knowledge.
Competency summaries tell employers exactly what you know and can do
University Learning Store credentials come with details of your achievements and the assessment procedures used to measure your learning, providing clear documentation of what you have done to prove your knowledge and abilities. All University Learning Store credentials bear the name of the granting institution.
Employers, skill-up your employees quickly and affordably
A skilled workforce is a strong workforce. With the University Learning Store, employers can keep employees up to date and performing at their best with practical and professional skills on demand. Sign up individual employees or whole teams to promote teamwork and efficiency throughout your workplace. Please contact the University Learning Store for more information at ULS@uwex.edu.