ERIC Number: ED185610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Serving New Audiences through an External Degree Program.
An individualized, undergraduate degree program at Central Michigan University offers a variety of instruction options to students whose career and personal circumstances limit their access to more traditional forms of higher education. The program, sponsored by the university's Institute for Personal and Career Development, is designed to accept transfer credit for previous relevant academic experiences, award credit for relevant career/life experiences, allow students to earn credit away from campus and by examination, offer a number of unique learning devices and delivery systems, and provide academic advisers who can assist students in constructing academic programs that fit. Individualized credit earning options include such activities as planning and implementing an academic program, preparing an experiential learning portfolio that contains descriptions and documentation of learning achieved through work or life experiences, mastering learning package courses, designing student initiated planned experiences, participating in arranging independent studies, and taking correspondence courses. The program is characterized by students working closely with academic resource persons, receiving relatively quick feedback and reinforcement, and being graded on the basis of having mastered learning objectives. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 10-12, 1980).