You may be closer than you think. The Organizational and Professional Development program recognizes that students develop competencies in a variety of ways and in a variety of environments. As part of that dedication, our program offers a unique opportunity for earning college credit for knowledge learned outside of the traditional classroom setting. Let's be clear, though. Credit is granted for college level knowledge, knowledge that you've never been given credit for before.
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 can be sent directly to the OPD coordinator.
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 BGS 3001/OPD 3000 will be charged the following fees:
All of the above steps will be outlined for you once you're admitted to the OPD Degree Program.
Please continue learning about the portfolio process by choosing options from the site menu. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Redfern at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-581-5618.