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Other Options for College Credit

Individualized Assessment & Challenge Exams

Through our Prior Learning Assessment program, faculty evaluate your non-traditional learning experience to see how they compare to an existing academic credit course's objectives, to help decide whether you receive credit.

For example, suppose you have experience as a supervisor in an industrial manufacturing firm. In that case, we will ask you to demonstrate what you have learned about production problem-solving, cost-effectiveness, and supervision; and how that learning can be related to the objectives of a college course.

To be eligible for possible college credit, your prior learning experience must:

  • Be equivalent to quality college-level learning.
  • Be publicly verifiable through objective measurements. You must be able to demonstrate that you possess the appropriate skills and knowledge to qualified evaluators.
  • Be grounded in both theory and practice. You will not be awarded college credit for mere application of manual skill or a narrowly prescribed routine or procedure. You must have a demonstrated knowledge base of specific subject matter and understand why you do what you do.
  • Have a general application outside of the specific situation in which you acquired the experience and indicate your knowledge of basic principles of the subject area.
Individualized Assessment