ERIC Number: ED277323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Admission and Credit Policies for Adult Learners. Higher Education Panel Report Number 72.
Hexter, Holly; Andersen, Charles J.
The status of colleges' credit-granting practices for nontraditional learning (attained outside legally authorized and accredited postsecondary institutions) was studied in 1986, along with credit-granting procedures for military learning experiences, business/industry training, credit by examination, and credit obtained through other assessment methods. National estimates of policies and actual use of nontraditional learning for academic credit were made, based on survey responses from of a nationally representative sample of 487 colleges. While 92% of all colleges were willing to admit students on the basis of credentials other than a traditional high school diploma, 80% of these institutions require some other form of academic certification. Examination results were the most accepted measure for granting academic credit for nontraditional learning. Learning acquired in the armed services and in business/industry training programs was accepted by three-quarters and two-fifths of colleges, respectively. Detailed statistical tables and the survey questionnaire are provided. (SW)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Adult Students, College Admission, College Credits, Corporate Education, Credentials, Equivalency Tests, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Industrial Training, Military Training, Nonschool Educational Programs, Prior Learning, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Certification
American Council on Education, Division of Policy Analysis and Research, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1193 ($8.00 nonmembers; $5.00 members).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Higher Education Panel.