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Assessment of Prior Learning

"Earn college credit for work and life experience." Contact Dr. Enid Larsen, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs at 978-232-2198 or elarsen@endicott.edu for program and scheduling information.

Endicott College recognizes that not all learning occurs in a classroom and that adult learners may have acquired college-level learning through work and life experience. APL 100 provides adult students with the opportunity to accelerate the completion of their Bachelor degrees.

Assessment of Prior Learning (APL 100) is a three-credit, semester-based course in which adult students are guided through an academic process to create a proficiency portfolio of case studies portraying significant work and life experience, substantiated with verifiable documentation of that learning. Upon submission, each case study is evaluated individually for college credit. College credit is awarded for learning, not just for experience, based upon Council for Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL) academic and administrative standards.
APL uses many techniques to document college level learning experiences:
  • Dynamic group discussion
  • Work and life review
  • Structured exercises
  • Peer support
  • Peer review and analysis
A Bachelor candidate may petition for a maximum of 30 credits. An Associate candidate may also petition for 30 credits, of which 15 credits would apply to completion of the Associate degree. 15 credits would be "banked" towards completion of a Bachelor program. All students receive three credits for successful completion of APL 100.
ASSESSMENT OF PRIOR LEARNING
"FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS"

"What is Assessment of Prior Learning?"

Endicott College recognizes that not all learning occurs in a classroom and that adult learners may have acquired college-level learning through work and life experience.
To receive college credit for your learning, you may enroll in Assessment of Prior Learning (APL100), a 3-credit, semester-based course in which you are guided through retrieval, reflective and writing processes to create a portfolio that documents your learning. APL is an opportunity to accelerate the completion of your bachelor or associate degrees by petitioning for a maximum of 30 credits of experiential learning.

"How do I determine what work and life experiences qualify for college credit?"

A student advisory is required to review your work history and to identify learning experiences that are appropriate for petitioning of college credit. Together, we will conduct an initial review of your work experience and compare your learning to required courses in your degree program. We will also review your transcripts for transfer potential and develop a Program of Study so that you can plan your entire educational schedule.

"What are the requirements for a successful portfolio?"

College credit is awarded for learning, not just for experience. You will receive guidance in writing effective case studies that demonstrate your learning and how to provide verifiable documentation of that learning. Upon submission, each case study is evaluated individually for college credit.

"How does the course assist me in constructing my portfolio?"

Assessment of Prior Learning is carefully structured to provide you with maximum support from a facilitator and a dynamic group adult learning environment. While each of you is constructing case studies unique to your experiences, you share the common goal of portfolio construction in a supportive environment. You will experience a wide range of exercises and approaches to writing case studies with examples and writing guides, all designed to support the construction of your portfolio and your individual learning styles.

"How many credits may I petition through Assessment of Prior Learning?"

A bachelor candidate may petition for a maximum of 30 credits. An associate candidate may also petition for 30 credits, of which 15 credits would apply to completion of the Associates Degree. 15 credits would be "banked" towards completion of a bachelor program. All students receive 3 credits for successful completion of APL 100.

"What if I don't have enough experience and knowledge to petition for all 30 credits?"

The profile of work experience with adult learners varies greatly. The number of credits you petition for depends on your background. Additionally, not all learning from work and life experience is suitable for portraying in a portfolio method. APL can still provide significant academic and economic advantages while petitioning for fewer credits.

"How long does it take to complete a portfolio?"

APL 100 is designed for students to complete their portfolio within a semester. However, in recognition that adult learners are balancing many responsibilities, students are given an additional 45 days to submit their portfolios. If additional time is needed, students may request additional 45 days with a fee.

"What fees and additional costs should I anticipate for APL 100?"

A $25 application fee is required at the time of matriculation into a degree program. Students then submit the current undergraduate tuition for a 3-credit course in addition to a $50 textbook fee. Mid-semester, students are assessed a $750 portfolio evaluation fee regardless of the number of credits that they are petitioning for. The financial value of Assessment of Prior Learning is most favorable to students who petition for the maximum number of credits. Your individual APL financial profile can be determined at your advisory.

"Is Financial Aid available?"

Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per semester to qualify for financial aid. Courses petitioned in APL are not eligible for financial aid qualification, and typically, students who enroll in APL do not simultaneously enroll in additional courses. This can impact the availability of financial aid for that semester. Students are encouraged to call the Financial Aid office (978-232-2060) for information regarding Federal Financial Aid and private loan options.

"How can Assessment of Prior Learning benefit me as a professional?"

APL is a life-affirming experience that makes connections between your past learning and career plans. In the construction of portfolios, students typically report an increase in self-knowledge and awareness of their skills, competencies and natural talents, in addition to identifying deficiencies and gaps in learning. The evaluation of one's learning within an academic context is potentially transforming to your self-perception and career development while providing you with practical assistance in your degree completion.

"How long will it take me to complete my degree?"

Adult learners enter school with a wide range of academic profiles. The amount of time that you have to commit to your continued studies is also an important factor. Assessment of Prior Learning can significantly reduce time spent in the classroom. An advisory with a program director is necessary to determine the potential time frame for the completion of your degree.

"What happens after I complete Assessment of Prior Learning?"|

You will continue completion of your degree through participation in an Accelerated Program in your chosen area, as determined by your Program of Study. Again, continued student advisories will assist you in planning your schedule and completing your degree.

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