ERIC Number: ED105796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Credit for Prior Off-Campus Learning.
Trivett, David A.
The educational and social rationale for granting academic credit for off-campus learning grows out of the notion that educational systems now have the capability to change from selective to adaptive systems. If this change is to occur in ways to permit access, not just in terms of admission but in terms of credentials, then concomitant changes in institutional practices must take place. The granting of academic credit for learning acquired off-campus is viewed by some as a socially just method to bestow credentials earned regardless of source and is a logical extension of the access goal. The focus of this paper is the granting of credit for prior off-campus learning, a form of credit awarded for experiential learning that is in contrast to such sponsored programs as cooperative learning and field experience. Several procedures are in use to grant credit for prior off-campus learning. A traditional method to grant credit for off-campus learning is an examination for college-level credit. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the best known method. Academic credit is also being granted for off-campus learning from life and work experience. Special degree programs, such as the external degree, make great use of the various forms of academic credit for off-campus learning. The emphasis of this report is on learner-centered methods of evaluation that permit institutions to become responsive to the growing market of new students who seek credentials from higher education institutions. (Author/PG)
Descriptors: College Credits, Evaluation Methods, External Degree Programs, Higher Education, Student Evaluation, Student Experience
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: College Level Examination Program