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Pioneer Merit: Digital Badges

About the Program

Cal State East Bay is enhancing how we serve students by creating Pioneer Merit, a digital badge acknowledgement program. Digital badges validate students’ skills, achievement, and competency in diverse contexts through online recognition via a digital emblem. Earned digital badges can be shared through various social media outlets, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, BaySync, and other networking sites. Showcasing Pioneer Merit illustrates students’ scholastic achievements, to potential employers and advanced degree programs, above and beyond academic major requirements and information on official transcripts.

Students that successfully complete a particular course or reach a specific milestone towards graduation will earn an official Cal State East Bay Pioneer Merit digital badge. The titles and descriptions of Badges that may be earned are outlined in the table below.

Claiming a Pioneer Merit digital badge is simple. Students that successfully complete the necessary digital badge requirements will be contacted via email by Credly - the digital badge platform used by Cal State East Bay. This email will provide instructions to claim the digital badge. Students will be taken to the secure Credly website platform where they will complete a profile and password. Once this information is validated through a follow-up confirmation email, the student will be able to access the earned digital badge. Students have the opportunity to link to the badge to various social media platforms, share the badge via email, or keep it private.

Class Level 2
Class Level 2

Successfully earning enough units to advance from a first-year to a second-year student

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Class Level 3
Class Level 3

Successfully earning enough units to advance from a second-year to a third-year student

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Class Level 4
Class Level 4

Successfully earning enough units to advance from a third-year to a fourth-year student

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Critical Thinking Skills
Critical Thinking Skills

Successful completion of General Education Subarea, A3

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Dean's List
Dean's List

Grade point average of 3.80 or higher, per semester

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Diversity Scholar
Diversity Scholar

Successful completion of a lower-division General Education Diversity Overlay course

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Diversity Scholar Advanced
Diversity Scholar Advanced

Successful completion of an upper-division General Education Diversity Overlay course

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Graduation Eligible
Graduation Eligible

Successful completion of the Cal State East Bay Graduation Check

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Honor's List
Honor's List

Grade point average in the range of 3.60-3.79, per semester

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Internship Achieved
Internship Achieved

Successful completion of Internship 498 or 698

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Oral Communication Skills
Oral Communication Skills

Successful completion of General Education Subarea, A1

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Quantitative Reasoning Skills
Quantitative Reasoning Skills

Successful completion of General Education Subarea, B4

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Social Justice Scholar
Social Justice Scholar

Successful completion of a lower-division General Education Social Justice Overlay course

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Social Justice Scholar Advanced
Social Justice Scholar Advanced

Successful completion of an upper-division General Education Social Justice Overlay course

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Sustainability Scholar
Sustainability Scholar

Successful completion of a lower-division General Education Sustainability Overlay course

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Sustainability Scholar Advanced
Sustainability Scholar Advanced

Successful completion of an upper-division General Education Sustainability Overlay course

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University Level Writing
University Level Writing

Successful completion of the University Writing Skills Requirement

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Written Communication Skills
Written Communication Skills

Successful completion of General Education Subarea, A2

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Questions?

For more information about the digital badge acknowledgement program at Cal State East Bay, please contact - sustainability@csueastbay.edu. Additional details about Credly may be found on the organization’s website: www.credly.com/

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