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Frequently Asked Questions

CareerPLUS FAQs

How do I register for a micro course?

Click here for registration instructions.

What is the registration deadline for micro courses?

The registration deadline is 24 hours after the micro course start date (i.e. 11:59 p.m. on the 2nd day of the month).

What is the withdrawal deadline for micro courses?

The withdrawal deadline is 24 hours after the micro course start date (i.e. 11:59 p.m. on the 2nd day of the month).

Will I need to purchase any textbooks for a micro course?

No, all content included in the micro course comes at no additional cost.

What are some benefits of earning a CareerPlus badge?

A CareerPLUS badge will provide you with a rich, verifiable, and secure digital credential that provides a visual representation of your accomplishment and verifies your learning experience around a particular 21st century workforce skill(s). A badge can be linked to professional and social media accounts and noted on your resume to prove your competency in essential skill areas. CareerPLUS badges are also aligned with credit-bearing Clarke undergraduate courses, allowing badges to be converted to academic credit through a process called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for individuals who apply and are admitted as a degree-seeking student at Clarke.

What can I do with a badge? Can I share my badge on social media?

Yes, CareerPLUS badges are shareable on social media. You may also share the link to your badge with your employer or prospective employers.

What are the badge options?

Click here for information about CareerPLUS badges.

Where do I retrieve my badge after it has been earned?

You will receive an email with a link to retrieve your badge on Badgr. Badgr will store all of your badges in one place and will allow you to access or share your badges at any time.

Where do I access my transcript for CareerPLUS micro courses?

You may view your CareerPLUS transcript for non-credit bearing micro courses and badges under “Registration History” on your CareerPLUS online account.

Am I considered a “Clarke student” if I take a micro course or pursue a badge?

No, CareerPLUS students who are taking only non-credit micro courses or badges will technically not be considered “Clarke students” unless they are admitted to pursue a degree program. This means that you will not be given a Clarke email account nor a Clarke student ID card.

Am I eligible for federal financial aid or scholarships if I take a micro course or pursue a badge?

No, since micro courses and badges are non-credit-bearing, you are not eligible for financial aid. If/when you decide to become a degree-seeking student and take credit-bearing courses, you may be eligible for financial aid.

How do I convert my micro courses to badges and/or credit to count toward a degree?

Designated CareerPLUS micro courses and/or badges are aligned with credit-bearing Clarke undergraduate courses, allowing micro courses or badges to be converted to academic credit through a process called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) after an individual has been admitted as a degree-seeking student at Clarke. Contact careerplus@clarke.edu to learn more.

How many micro courses are equivalent to a 3-credit course?

Typically 3-4 micro courses are equivalent to a 3-credit course.

How do I apply to get an Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Applied Studies degree from Clarke through the CareerPLUS program?

More information coming soon! Email careerplus@clarke.edu with any questions you may have.

Will I be able to take all courses online if I decide to pursue my Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Applied Studies degree from Clarke?

Yes, CareerPLUS degree-seeking students will have the option of taking all online courses to earn their degree(s), either directly through Clarke University or through one of our consortium partners.

Am I eligible for financial aid if I pursue a degree through the CareerPLUS program?

Yes, if you become a degree-seeking student and register for at least one credit per term, you may be eligible for the federal Pell grant. If you register for at least six credits per term, you may also be eligible for federal loans. Financial aid eligibility is determined through the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). When federal and institutional aid does not provide enough funding to meet all educational expenses, another option available to students is to secure a private loan through a private lender.

How do I register for a credit-bearing course at Clarke?

CareerPLUS learners who wish to pursue a degree must first complete the Clarke University degree-seeking application process. If you have already been admitted as a Clarke degree-seeking student, you will register for courses in Self Service. You will receive instructions for registering for a credit-bearing course after you are admitted as a degree-seeking student.

What are the degree requirements for an Associate of Arts degree from Clarke?

Click here to view the degree requirements for an Associate of Arts degree from Clarke.

What are the degree requirements for a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree from Clarke?

Click here to view the degree requirements for a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree from Clarke.