Innovative Learning Methods Built
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Course requirements not completed
through prior learning experiences or academic transfer credit must
be completed through independent academic study. This method of
completion requires students to satisfy course requirements through
the completion of course examinations and lessons.
Experiential learning credit
is different from
learning is knowledge
gained from college-level learning
derived from experiences outside the classroom setting. Academic
transfer credit provides recognition of previously acquired courses
successfully completed at other accredited or state licensed
The Experiential Learning Credit program is designed to award credit for
college-level learning derived from experiences outside the
University uses the portfolio method for evaluating college-level
learning experiences. Experiential learning credit will be awarded
only if it can be equated with the learning outcomes/objectives
described in the Madison University student catalog or in the course syllabi.
Madison University accepts transfer of academic
credit from institutions that are state licensed and/or accredited
by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council
for Higher Education (CHEA). In addition, the University may
award credit for: The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education (DANTES).
An official transcript must be forwarded to
Madison University during the enrollment process or prior to
completion of your Orientation Course. If you do not have official copies of your
transcripts in your possession, please request them at this time.
If you are like most students, you have
completed some college and have extensive professional work
experience. The University advises students to apply their prior academic and
professional accomplishments towards their degree programs.
In order to receive academic transfer or
learning credit, applicants must meet the
basic admission requirements for the applicable degree level. In
addition, the applicant must use the evaluation guidelines to prepare
portfolio documentation and demonstrate eligibility.
Before applying for the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) of academic
learning credit, applicants should consult with an
Admission Coordinator in the Office of Admissions to discuss
eligibility and degree requirements. Applicants must review the
course outline to determine learning objectives of required courses
before submitting evaluation documentation. Applicants who think
they may qualify should submit relevant documentation with the
Prior Learning Assessment Application.
Prior Learning Portfolios are
evaluated by an appropriate member of the faculty review board under
the direction of University approved assessment guidelines and
The PLA Program is
free prior to enrollment; however, a limit of two program majors is
allowed per applicant. A fee of $75 per degree major will be
charged for additional PLA applications submitted prior to
enrollment. After enrollment, students
may submit additional PLA applications; however, a re-evaluation fee
request a re-evaluation of the PLA prior to enrollment by submitting
additional supporting documentation. The additional
documentation for the re-evaluation must be submitted within 30 business days of
the original PLA. Credit hours awarded for PLA will appear on
the student's transcript.
advised to proceed with enrollment within 30 days of their original PLA. Evaluation results will remain valid for 90 days after the
date of the original evaluation.
The Council for
Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
is a national,
non-profit organization whose mission is to expand learning
opportunities for adults. CAEL works to remove policy and
organizational barriers to learning opportunities, identifies and
disseminates effective practices, and delivers value-added services.
Since its founding in 1974, under the auspices of the Educational
Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey, CAEL has been
providing colleges and universities,
companies, labor organizations and state
and local governments with the tools and strategies they need for
effective lifelong learning solutions.