The Organizational Development program recognizes that students develop competencies in a variety of ways and in many environments. Our program offers a unique opportunity to earn college credit for knowledge acquired outside of the traditional classroom setting. Let's be clear, though. Credit is granted for college level knowledge, knowledge for which you have never received college credit.
So what is college level knowledge? How do you know that the knowledge you have would be considered college level? Well, the truth is you don't know for sure. Only the evaluators can truly access what you know, via the portfolio, and compare it to college coursework offered here at EIU. While some students find this to be a very time consuming process, many feel it is well worth the time and effort. This is sometimes a faster way to earn college credits that count towards your degree. EIU will help you facilitate the process of submitting a portfolio for evaluation.
Students can earn credits for prior learning two ways. First is through training experiences that have been previously evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) (e.g. Military Training). Transcripts for these experiences should be sent to the Organizational Development Program Coordinator. You may also need to have an original copy sent directly to the Registrar.
Students may also earn credit through the development of an occupational portfolio.
There are several steps to the portfolio process. Here is a brief glimpse:
There are expenses involved in offering a quality experiential learning portfolio. These expenses include copying, postage, and evaluation fees as well as the time commitment on the part of the School of Continuing Education.
Students choosing to develop an experiential learning portfolio with credit awarded through OPD 3000 will be charged the following fees:
All of the above steps will be outlined for you once you're admitted to the Organizational Development Degree Program.
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Charleston, IL 61920