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Experiential Learning Credit Policy

Policy Information

Issuing Office

Registrar's Office

Affected Parties

Students

Policy Language

Through experiential learning assessment, students may earn college credit for learning acquired through their life experiences.

Policy Rationale

To provide students with the ability to earn credit from learning acquired outside the classroom.

Definition of Glossary Terms

Eligible Life Experiences: Life experiences eligible for experiential learning credit include, but are not limited to, formal and occupational training, military training, continuing education programs, professional certifications, personal education growth, and volunteer work.

Procedural Information

Procedures

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Credit may be granted to students who demonstrate that they have already acquired, through life experiences such as job training, non-college courses, etc., course knowledge required for the degree program in which they are enrolled. A maximum of 30 hours of experiential learning credits can be awarded and applied towards an undergraduate degree at Liberty University.

A precedent has been established for the following fields, and these credits will be awarded to students who can document proof of licenses, certificates, and training programs in the fields below. Students are not required to submit portfolios for the following:

  • Aviation (Private and Commercial Pilot’s)
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician
  • Certified Project Manager
  • Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Child Evangelism Fellowship (CMI Diploma)
  • Cisco Associate Certifications
  • Cisco Professional Certifications
  • Corrections Officer
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Insurance License
  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • MOUS (Microsoft Office Specialist)
  • Expert MOUS
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Securities Exam Series 7


Military Evaluation

Liberty University will evaluate students’ prior military experience and develop a degree plan for each student to follow. Evaluations will be based solely upon the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) guidebook, Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.


Portfolio Evaluation

There are some portfolios/courses that will not be accepted, such as School of Communication & Creative Arts (SCCA) courses, GOVT 200, internship courses, capstone courses, as well as other courses not approved by academic departments.  Please note that admission of a portfolio does not guarantee that credit will be awarded.


Students may petition for credit via portfolio for courses in which they feel they can show sufficient proof of learning and knowledge.


The Portfolio Guidelines are as follows:

  • Students must be accepted to Liberty University.
  • Prepare a portfolio(s) using the guidelines established at https://www.liberty.edu/online/credit-experience-by-portfolio/.
  • Submit a portfolio for each course that has been tentatively approved by the Portfolio Coordinator.
  • Pay a $100 assessment fee per portfolio.
  • The portfolio will be assessed by the Liberty University Faculty Assessor within one week.
  • Once the assessment is complete, the Portfolio Coordinator will send an email notice regarding the decision.
  • Portfolios may not be submitted for COMS 101, GOVT 200, Internships or Capstone Courses.
  • The hours awarded are counted as transfer hours and are not considered as hours earned at Liberty University.
  • Credit earned through this process will not be counted toward the required minimum of 30 hours of credit that must be completed through Liberty University.
  • Portfolio credit cannot exceed 50% of the major.


GRADUATE STUDENTS

In order to demonstrate they have met the learning outcomes of a course, students who have already applied to Liberty University may submit a experiential learning portfolio. Students are responsible for identifying the courses for which they intend to show equivalency, but they are encouraged to solicit help from an academic advisor. The portfolio review requires a nonrefundable $100 assessment fee. Students seeking credit for more than one course must submit a separate portfolio per course for which credit is requested. A maximum of 50% of experiential learning credits can be awarded and applied toward a graduate degree at Liberty University.


The Portfolio Guidelines are as follows:

  • Students must be accepted into a program at Liberty University.
  • Prepare a portfolio(s) using the guidelines established at https://www.liberty.edu/online/credit-experience-by-portfolio/.
  • Portfolios will be evaluated by appropriately credentialed faculty to determine if credit can be awarded for life experiences. Students are not guaranteed credit for these experiences.
  • Once the assessment is complete, the Portfolio Coordinator will send an email notice regarding the decision.
  • Portfolios may not be submitted for internships, practica, dissertations, thesis courses, or other courses that are identified as non-transferrable.
  • The hours awarded are counted as transfer hours and are not considered as hours earned at Liberty University. These credits will not be applied to a student’s GPA calculation.
  • Credit earned through this process will not be counted toward the required minimum institutional credits that must be completed through Liberty University for a graduate degree.

Military Evaluation

Liberty University will evaluate students’ prior military experience and develop a degree plan for each student to follow. Evaluations will be based solely upon the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) guidebook, Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Sanctions

None specified

Exceptions

None

POLICY DEVELOPMENT

Issuing Office:

Registrar

Affected Parties:

Students

Complete Wording of New or Revised Policy:

Through experiential learning assessment, students may earn college credit for learning acquired through their life experiences.

Policy Rationale:

To provide students with the ability to earn credit from learning acquired outside the classroom.

SACS Criteria:

3.4.4

Other Regulatory Criteria:

ED, SCHEV

Definition of Glossary Terms:

Eligible Life Experiences: Life experiences eligible for experiential learning credit include, but are not limited to, formal and occupational training, military training, continuing education programs, professional certifications, personal education growth, and volunteer work.

PROCEDURES FOR IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW

Policy Administrators:

Registrar

Policy Review Cycle:

Every five years or as needed

Procedures:

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Credit may be granted to students who demonstrate that they have already acquired, through life experiences such as job training, non-college courses, etc., course knowledge required for the degree program in which they are enrolled. A maximum of 30 hours of experiential learning credits can be awarded and applied towards an undergraduate degree at Liberty University.

A precedent has been established for the following fields, and these credits will be awarded to students who can document proof of licenses, certificates, and training programs in the fields below. Students are not required to submit portfolios for the following:

-       Aviation (Private and Commercial Pilot’s)

-       Certified Financial Planner

-       Certified Pharmacy Technician

-       Certified Project Manager

-       Child Development Associate (CDA)

-       Child Evangelism Fellowship (CMI Diploma)

-       Cisco Associate Certifications

-       Cisco Professional Certifications

-       Corrections Officer

-       Emergency Medical Technician

-       Insurance License

-       Law Enforcement Officers

-       MOUS (Microsoft Office Specialist)

-       Expert MOUS

-       Real Estate Broker

-       Securities Exam Series 7


Military Evaluation

Liberty University will evaluate students’ prior military experience and develop a degree plan for each student to follow. Evaluations will be based solely upon the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) guidebook, Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.


Portfolio Evaluation

There are some portfolios/courses that will not be accepted, such as School of Communication & Creative Arts (SCCA) courses, GOVT 200, internship courses, capstone courses, as well as other courses not approved by academic departments.  Please note that admission of a portfolio does not guarantee that credit will be awarded.


Students may petition for credit via portfolio for courses in which they feel they can show sufficient proof of learning and knowledge.


The Portfolio Guidelines are as follows:

-       Students must be accepted to Liberty University.

-       Prepare a portfolio(s) using the guidelines established at https://www.liberty.edu/online/credit-experience-by-portfolio/.

-       Submit a portfolio for each course that has been tentatively approved by the Portfolio Coordinator.

-       Pay a $100 assessment fee per portfolio.

-       The portfolio will be assessed by the Liberty University Faculty Assessor within one week.

-       Once the assessment is complete, the Portfolio Coordinator will send an email notice regarding the decision.

-       Portfolios may not be submitted for COMS 101, GOVT 200, Internships or Capstone Courses.

-       The hours awarded are counted as transfer hours and are not considered as hours earned at Liberty University.

-       Credit earned through this process will not be counted toward the required minimum of 30 hours of credit that must be completed through Liberty University.

-       Portfolio credit cannot exceed 50% of the major.



GRADUATE STUDENTS

In order to demonstrate they have met the learning outcomes of a course, students who have already applied to Liberty University may submit a experiential learning portfolio. Students are responsible for identifying the courses for which they intend to show equivalency, but they are encouraged to solicit help from an academic advisor. The portfolio review requires a nonrefundable $100 assessment fee. Students seeking credit for more than one course must submit a separate portfolio per course for which credit is requested. A maximum of 50% of experiential learning credits can be awarded and applied toward a graduate degree at Liberty University.


The Portfolio Guidelines are as follows:

-       Students must be accepted into a program at Liberty University.

-       Prepare a portfolio(s) using the guidelines established at https://www.liberty.edu/online/credit-experience-by-portfolio/.

-       Portfolios will be evaluated by appropriately credentialed faculty to determine if credit can be awarded for life experiences. Students are not guaranteed credit for these experiences.

-       Once the assessment is complete, the Portfolio Coordinator will send an email notice regarding the decision.

-       Portfolios may not be submitted for internships, practica, dissertations, thesis courses, or other courses that are identified as non-transferrable.

-       The hours awarded are counted as transfer hours and are not considered as hours earned at Liberty University. These credits will not be applied to a student’s GPA calculation.

-       Credit earned through this process will not be counted toward the required minimum institutional credits that must be completed through Liberty University for a graduate degree.

Military Evaluation

Liberty University will evaluate students’ prior military experience and develop a degree plan for each student to follow. Evaluations will be based solely upon the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) guidebook, Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Exceptions:

None