Other Options for College Credit

Individualized Assessment

Through our Prior Learning Assessment program, faculty members knowledgeable in specific subject areas evaluate non-traditional learning experiences to see how they compare to the objectives of existing academic credit courses and help decide whether they can be considered for college credit. For example, if you have experience as a supervisor in an industrial manufacturing firm, 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 to qualified evaluators that you possess the appropriate skills and/or knowledge.
  • Be grounded in both theory and practice. College credit will not be awarded for mere application of a 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 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