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Credit For Prior Learning

Credit For Prior Learning

All of us are lifelong experiential learners. That we are is a compelling fact. The question is not whether there will be experiential learning, but how effective it will be.

Because of this basic truth, two priorities arise for educators: (1) ‘learning how to learn from experience’ emerges as a major objective of education-at all levels; and (2) achieving the right blend of experiential and traditional classroom learning activities-to fit each individual’s learning style-becomes a daily requirement for educators and other facilitators of learning.

— Whitaker, Urban
Assessing Learning: Standards, Principles, and Procedures
Philadelphia: CAEL, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, 1989

Students in the Degree Completion Program are encouraged to develop a portfolio of prior learning. Bryan College assesses that learning according to standards set by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Some of these standards are:

  • Credit should be awarded only for learning, and not for experience.
  • College credit should be awarded only for college-level learning.
  • Credit should be awarded only for learning that has a balance, appropriate to the subject, between theory and practical application.
  • The determination of competence levels and of credit awards must be made by appropriate subject matter and academic experts.
  • Credit should be appropriate to the academic context in which it is accepted.

Credit for Prior Learning provides Bryan College with a means of assessing learning associated with previous life-learning situations. Up to 24 of 31 hours may be earned through the credit for prior learning portfolio. Please see the financial aid information for online students for the current fees for Credit for Prior Learning Assessment.

The PDF below is intended for immediate reference only. Please contact Mandi Sullivan, Director of Prior Learning, for more information and to ensure you have the most up-to-date handbook.

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