Adults To Get Credit For Out of Classroom Learning

Accredited colleges have, for years, awarded credit for out of classroom learning experiences such as independent study and volunteer work. Unfortunately, today, many accredited colleges cannot afford to train their staff to evaluate these experiences.

Thanks to a new online service that will help translate outside learning into credits for college, many adults can now save money on the cost of college and get their degrees quicker.

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning is creating a virtual center that will assist colleges in assessing prior learning. This is an evaluation process that may involve tests or student portfolios. The service also intends to give adults assistance on getting credit for out of classroom learning. The details are being worked out now and the service should begin in the spring of 2010.

Thanks to a $175,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education this program will help colleges to build their own prior-learning assessment programs. This is indeed good news for adults who are working on earning their college degrees in as short of a period of time as possible.

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