Why Doesn’t What I learned in Life Count?

Well, actually, it can. While credit for “life experience” has frequently been the option of 4-year colleges, some community colleges are also moving in that direction. According to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “Where Life Earns Credit: ‘Prior Learning’ Gets a Fresh Assessment,” credit for your experience can come in many forms. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Prior-learning assessments can take several forms. Students may submit scores from standardized tests like the College Level Examination Program tests, or place out of courses by taking tests administered by their college. Some institutions use the American Council on Education’s evaluations of work and military training. And some use individualized, portfolio-based projects, in which students describe what they’ve already learned.”

To read the complete article, click here.


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