Experiential Learning Credit
Experiential Learning Credit allows you an opportunity to have the learning associated with your work and life experiences evaluated for college credit. You must formally request to have your prior learning experiences associated with jobs, training, hobbies, personal interests and life experiences evaluated for its equivalency to specific courses, and/or its ability to satisfy institutional and degree requirements. St. Andrews uses the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations when evaluating military and corporate training programs.
As part of the process, you submit a "portfolio" as evidence supporting your request for experiential learning credit. A portfolio serves to identify and describe your prior learning experiences in light of the courses and other requirements associated with a degree. Its prescribed format is designed to provide a faculty evaluator with sufficient information necessary for the assessment of your learning experiences. The faculty evaluator determines if the evidence provided in your portfolio satisfies the learning requirements associated with a specific course and/or degree program. If the evidence contained in the portfolio is sufficient, then it can be formally recognized and placed on an official St. Andrews transcript. See Ten Standards for Quality Assurance in Assessing Learning for Credit for additional guidance.
While St. Andrews does not limit the number of hours that it will assess and transcript through the prior learning assessment process, there may be a limit to the number of such hours that can be applied towards the graduation requirements associated with specific Baccalaureate degree programs. You are strongly encouraged to discuss your plans before beginning to prepare a portfolio.
For more information on ELA contact St. Andrews Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Edna Ann Loftus at firstname.lastname@example.org.