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Bachelor of Science in Organizational Development

Prior Learning Assessment

You may be closer than you think. 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.

Awarding Prior Learning Credits

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:

  1. Once admitted to the Organizational Development Program, let your advisor know you're interested in the portfolio process. will help you determine if a portfolio is your best option and will make sure you get answers to any questions you might have about the process.
  2. Enroll in the portfolio class, /OPD 3000.
  3. After completion of the class, and in consultation with the Portfolio Administrator, you can submit your portfolio(s) for evaluation to the School of Continuing Education.
  4. The School of Continuing Education will send your portfolio(s) out for evaluation.

Portfolio Fees

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:

  • An initial portfolio fee, whose dollar amount is equivalent to one semester hour of current tuition, includes the evaluation of the first portfolio, based on the semester in which the portfolio is submitted, as communicated on EIU's Financial Aid website.
  • If a student submits more than one portfolio, each subsequent portfolio will also carry a fee whose dollar amount is equivalent to one-third of one current semester hour of tuition.

All of the above steps will be outlined for you once you're admitted to the Organizational Development Degree Program.

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Contact Information

Bruce K. Barnard,
Organizational Development
Program Coordinator

School of Technology
Lumpkin College of Business and Technology
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
bkbarnard@eiu.edu


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