ERIC Number: ED097830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of Various Methods Used in Awarding Academic Credit for Non-Traditional Learning Experiences. Final Report.
Ganzemiller, Jack A.
In an effort to investigate various methods used in awarding academic credit for nontraditional learning experiences, this study analyzed a 3-page questionnaire returned from 229 U.S. colleges and universities offering at least a bachelor's degree. The major portion of the schools responding were public institutions, located in the Midwest, with an enrollment of between five and ten thousand, and on a semester time schedule. Wide variances were found between schools even in accrediting so-called "traditional" courses taught in a lecture situation. Accrediting agencies have just begun the task of establishing specific guidelines for crediting nontraditional learning activities. Most schools have no specific policies of their own for crediting these experiences. The majority of schools are awarding credit for many different types of nontraditional learning activities. The criteria most used in crediting various activities were: sponsoring departmental judgment, the advice of the involved faculty member, and time expended on the activity. The majority of schools are planning some enlargement in this area of crediting nontraditional learning activities within the next 2- to 3-year period. Although there is increasing interest by some groups for this "opening up the options" to meet graduation requirements, there is also a counter current hesitation and in some cases opposition to this movement by some faculty members. (Author/MJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. - Stout, Menomonie.