2 Overview Introduction I. College Knowledge- Apply, transfer credits, secure financial aid How to: Access your company-based College Advocate Return to College Navigate College Accreditation II. Logistics- Balance the demands of school with the demands of life How to: Connect with an Employee Education Delivery System (EEDS) Counselor Be informed of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) III. Affordability- Afford and budget the cost of education How to: Complete a FAFSA Application and Access Funding Access College Education Reimbursement or Deferment Programs Access a Scholarship Program IV. Ongoing Support- Maintain momentum, direction and realize the benefit of completing a college degree How to: Access a Mentor Program Access a Community of Practice
3 Introduction The purpose of this toolkit is to provide you as an employee with the information and resources needed to help guide you back to college. Whether you are thinking about college to complete a degree or increase your knowledge or skills, this toolkit will be your guide. Think of this toolkit as a manual or orientation. You may think that returning to college is out of reach. It is either too expensive or takes too much time. It is true that college requires a commitment. However, today there are many options and opportunities for financial aid and support. We know that returning to college is a big commitment. So, why should you commit the time and resources to pursue a degree or higher degree in college? The following are some reasons to consider: The higher the education degree, the more money you can make: In 2009, the median weekly earnings of workers with Bachelor s Degrees were $1,137. This amount is 1.8 times the average amount earned by those with only a high school diploma, and 2.5 times the earnings of high school dropouts. Source: Start a family tradition: First Generation College graduates are special. They have to break a new pathway for the rest of the family and start a tradition. Your family will be proud and hopefully follow in your footsteps given the demonstration of your own accomplishment. Financial support: Anyone can afford college. This toolkit will provide you with many resources to help you afford and budget the cost of college including grants, scholarships, and employee reimbursement/deferment programs. There are many ways you can pay for college. This toolkit will help you research the options that fit your needs.
4 Introduction continued You can go to college anytime, anywhere: An option available today that was not available just a few years ago is online learning. Online classes are delivered directly to your computer and via many mobile devices. Complete academic degree programs and certifications are now available online. All post-secondary schools in Greater Louisville offer degrees or classes online. This toolkit will help you connect with programs and classes you can take from the privacy of your home or office. Better opportunities: Workers in a previous generation were often content to begin and end their careers in the same company often doing the same job. They could feel confident that as long as the economy was stable, they could rely on a steady income and a pension to keep them comfortable in retirement. Those days are behind us now. Workers today will likely change jobs multiple times during their careers requiring that they learn new skills throughout their lifetimes. The sooner you make the decision to return to college, the sooner you can begin to acquire skills that will open more doors in the job market and begin contributing or increase your contribution to your family and to your retirement. This toolkit will help you make decisions critical to getting you on the pathway to obtaining your Bachelor s Degree.
5 HOW TO... Access a College Advocate What is it? Your company-based College Advocate will provide support to you as you return to college and help find a solution to many issues you may have regarding completing your degree. They will have the knowledge to assist you or point you in the direction of someone who can help. Their role is a support role to make getting into college, staying there, and succeeding as easy as possible for you. How does it work? Your company-appointed College Advocate will provide day-to-day support and encouragement in the workplace. The College Advocate will help solve any issues you may have or provide advice as to whom to contact. These issues can take any form including issues regarding financial aid or finding/transferring a course. What can you do? If you are unsure who your company-based College Advocate is, ask your supervisor to provide you with contact information Make contact with your Advocate and understand they are there to help solve problems Do not be afraid to share any concerns you may have with them and use them to assist you in your journey towards obtaining your degree
6 HOW TO... Return to College Why should I return to college? Increase Earning Potential: The average worker with a Bachelor s Degree earns 60% more than the average worker with a diploma from high school. Improve Employability: High school graduates with no advanced degree are twice as likely to find themselves unemployed than someone of the same age with an advanced degree. Additional education will allow you to change career direction if you need to pursue a career with more job satisfaction. Education Will Be A Requirement: Almost three-fourths of all work positions in the future will need at least some kind of degree, certification, or license. Improve Career Mobility: Additional education may open doors for advancement in your current career. Self-Improvement: College educated individuals tend to be more cultured, consistent, open-minded and rational thinkers. A degree also increases your confidence, self-esteem and self-respect.
7 HOW TO... Return to College Who can help me select a career path or a degree program? Degrees At Work Counselor There is a Degrees At Work Counselor available to you at the KentuckianaWorks College Access Center (KCAC). This counselor will help you directly with any questions. Please contact for further assistance. Degrees At Work provides Career Counseling services. You can access a free career assessment to help you explore areas of interest to you. Degrees At Work staff can help you translate your interests, abilities and values into a career path. A clear career path helps you determine the most efficient means of going back to college. College Career Centers: Contact the college to determine if career services are available. Refer to your Appendix for a list of college contacts. General Career Information: For local jobs data, check out the labor market portal on the Kentucky- Indiana Exchange website: kix.com Explore industry/career trends: online.wsj.com/public/page/newscareer-education-college.html Watch videos of professionals in interesting fields: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Job Web: Career Exploration/Change: Prentice Hall Student Success: U.S. Department of Labor: Career Information (including videos explaining in-demand occupations): Match your job skills to other careers:
8 HOW TO... Return to College What is the difference in the types of degrees? Certificate Program Certificate Programs offer a useful, concentrated study of a particular professional area. These programs can help you start a new career or improve your skills and knowledge in your current occupation. A Certificate is awarded upon completion of your course or program. You may take individual courses for professional development or work toward a certificate in your chosen area. Diploma Program Diploma programs are a sequence of classes focusing on both theory and practice in a particular field. They are not as broad as degree programs, and they usually concentrate on a particular area. Some diploma programs also offer an overview of several different areas. The terms certificate and diploma are often used interchangeably. Associate s Degree An Associate s Degree is an undergraduate degree that can be earned in two years. An Associate s Degree program consists of three parts: general education requirements, major requirements, and electives. Bachelor s Degree A Bachelor s Degree is a four-year degree awarded by undergraduate colleges and universities. In addition to the requirements for an Associate s Degree, a Bachelor s Degree goes into greater breadth and depth into both major subject area as well as additional coursework. Master s or Professional Degrees An advanced degree is awarded for the successful completion of a program that generally requires at least one year of full-time graduate-level study beyond the Bachelor s Degree.
9 HOW TO... Return to College How should I choose a college? There are many things to consider when choosing a college. Costs, scheduling and availability of classes, program reputation, location and instruction style are all important considerations when making a plan. You can contact your company s College Advocate, or Degrees At Work staff to discuss your plan in greater detail. Questions to Answer: Do you want to attend a Private or a Public college? What degree do you want to pursue? Do you plan on continuing further for a Master s Degree or professional degree? How much are you prepared to pay? Does the college have regional accreditation? Does my intended program of study hold any appropriate accreditations? Can I get help to improve my skills before returning to college? Some students planning to go back to college may not be prepared for college level work. Admissions counselors at all institutions can help students determine how to prepare for success in college and can direct students to the appropriate classes. Placement Testing: Many institutions require placement testing. The test results will be used to place you in college courses appropriate for your skill level. Developmental Classes: Some institutions will offer and may require you to take non-credit developmental classes to be successful in credit-based college level courses. On-Campus Resources: Contact the admissions office to determine if there are additional resources on campus that can provide assistance. Adult Education Centers: Eligible Kentuckians can enroll in free courses online or in an adult education center to brush up on reading, math and other subjects to prepare for college. Visit or call a local adult education center to discuss your options. For the closest center, visit:
10 HOW TO... Return to College Admissions and Advising Information What are the steps to become a college student for the first time? What are the steps to return to college? Contact the College: Refer to the College Contact List in the Appendix. If your intended college is not listed, start with the admissions office at your intended college. Some colleges have staff dedicated specifically for adult and/or transfer students; make sure to ask when you call. Understand Admission Requirements: What is the difference between open admission colleges and selective admission colleges? Open Admission: These colleges require only a high school diploma or equivalent and accept students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as there is room. Selective Admission: These colleges do not take all applicants. These colleges look at applicants course work, grades, test scores, recommendations and essays. Who can help evaluate credit hours earned and previous work experience? Generally, the University Admissions office will review your previous transcripts to determine your transfer credits. Make sure to talk to your College Contact for details regarding your particular college. Questions to ask an admissions counselor: Do you give credit for past work experience? If so, how does the process work? Can I receive credit for certifications and licensure? If so, what is the process? Can I take a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test to receive credit for general education classes? Do I need to have an official transcript to evaluate past college credit? Can I have courses from another institution evaluated to determine credit already earned? How do I start the process? Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): Each institution has a different process for determining PLA credit. Call the admissions office and ask for more information.
11 HOW TO... Return to College Questions to think about when selecting a college: What programs do you offer? When are classes offered? How much is tuition? How can I get assistance paying for college? What is required in the course work? What kind of computer skills do I need? Do I need a laptop? How long are the classes? How often do classes meet? How long is a class session? What will be the total cost of the program? What will a degree allow me to do? Will completing my degree be worth it? Do you have an orientation program that I need to attend? How much money are other graduates making? What is the reputation of the school/program? Who can I contact at the institution to guide me through this process? Who can help me file my FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? How do I make an appointment with an academic advisor? If I am uncertain about my career goals, who is available to help me with this decision? Is it free? What should you ask your college academic advisor? How can I match my interests and career goals with a major? What are the General Education categories? Where do I find the list of courses to choose from? Can I double-count some general education classes? How do I do that? Can I calculate my GPA? How do I do that? What is good standing and probation? What is the best way to choose classes for each semester? Do I choose my classes or am I automatically enrolled in the next class in a sequence? Are there any classes that are only offered in the Fall? Spring? Summer? How can I get involved in my major? Are there clubs or professional organizations I can join? Is my academic plan on track for graduation in years? What additional support do you recommend I take advantage of to be successful here? When is the next time I should contact you?
12 HOW TO... Navigate College Accreditation What Is College Accreditation? Accreditation is a voluntary, independent review of educational programs to determine that they are of uniform and sound quality. The award of accreditation ensures that an institution has been evaluated and that it meets the standards of quality required by the accrediting organization. A college or university maintains its accreditation by continuing to meet those criteria. Why is College Accreditation Important? There are several reasons accreditation is important besides assurance of quality and adherence to academic standards. Accreditation determines a school s eligibility for participation in federal (Title IV) and state financial aid programs. Proper accreditation also is important for the acceptance and transfers of college credit and is a prerequisite for entering many graduate programs. What Type of Accreditation Should I Look For? The most recognized and accepted type of accreditation is regional accreditation. Generally, other regionally accredited colleges or universities accept college credits or degrees received at a regionally accredited institution. (Credits and degrees from non-regionally accredited programs are not as widely accepted). However, this acceptance is not guaranteed. Each institution establishes its own policies based on its determination that the credits are for programs that meet educational objectives comparable to its own programs. You can find out if a college or university is regionally accredited by checking out the website of the regional accrediting board for the state where it is located. Colleges that have a national or online presence would be accredited in the region where the college is based. A college that is not accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools but operates in Kentucky may still hold appropriate regional accreditation under another regional accrediting body.
13 HOW TO... Navigate College Accreditation The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation for Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico. The New England Association of Schools & Colleges. Accreditation for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation for Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The Northwest Association Of Schools And Colleges. Accreditation for Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Accreditation for California, Hawaii, and U.S. territories in the Pacific. The United States Department of Education has a search tool to help you determine what accreditations your college holds:
14 HOW TO... Navigate College Accreditation What Other Types of College Accreditation Are There? Generally, large well-known universities (i.e., Harvard and Princeton) and state system colleges are regionally accredited Smaller, private colleges may be either regionally or nationally accredited Programs of study that are regulated by national or state licensing boards may require specialized or professional accreditation The Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) maintain directories of nationally recognized and specialized accrediting agencies. Be aware that programs that are nationally accredited may not transfer to a regionally accredited college. One well-known accrediting agency is the Distance Education & Training Council (DETC). The DETC often accredits institutions offering correspondence or other independent study programs. However, regionally accredited colleges do not as commonly accept programs accredited by the DETC. Is there one place I can check for accreditation information? The U.S. Secretary of Education maintains a database to check institution accreditation that lists approximately 6,900 postsecondary educational institutions and programs. Each is accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. How Can I Find Out if a School Won t be Accepted by Employers? According to the Better Business Bureau, many fraudulent schools (often known as diploma mills) are profiting on the popularity of distance learning and attract students into their degree programs often with the promise of a quick diploma. These types of institutions have been around for a long time and use aggressive recruiting techniques through telemarketing and direct mail, following-up on consumer inquiries through or their Web site. Your college education is one of the most important investments you ll ever make. If you re unsure of a school s status, check the Better Business Bureau or state attorney general s office to ensure the college is legitimate and if there have been any complaints.
16 HOW TO... Connect With a Degrees At Work Counselor What is it? The KentuckianaWorks College Access Center, (KCAC) provides free educational, financial aid, and career counseling services to adults returning to college. KCAC has a counselor dedicated to the Degrees At Work Program. How does it work? The Degrees At Work Counselor will work with your company-based College Advocate to provide you detailed information and services related to post-secondary education opportunities and affordability including conducting career assessments to find the right education choice and helping find scholarships, grants and other financial aid. The Degrees At Work Counselor will be the liaison between your company and postsecondary institutions. What can you do? Contact your College Advocate to get started. S/he can connect you with additional information, or put you in touch with Degrees At Work staff.
17 HOW TO... Be Informed of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) What is it? Prior Learning Assessment is the assessment and validation of work-based prior learning and competencies for the award of college credit. There are two general categories of Prior Learning Assessment: Portfolio Testing How does it work? Prior Learning Assessment can help you determine if you are eligible to receive credit for your work experience when returning to college, thus saving you both time and money. Post-secondary institutions may use a variety of ways to determine college credit: Student Portfolios: individualized student portfolios or interviews Employer training: employer training programs and/or professional development Challenge exams or customized exams offered by individual colleges/departments to verify learning achievement CLEP Exams (College Level Examination Program): tests college material and is offered by the College Board DSST Exams (formerly known as the Dantes program) tests knowledge of both lowerlevel and upper-level college material. ACE (American Council on Education) National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training: published credit recommendations for formal instructional programs offered by non-collegiate agencies ACE (American Council on Education) Military Guide: published credit recommendations for formal military training What can you do? If you have completed courses through your employer or from training providers, completed an apprenticeship program, earned a certification or license, or served in the military, then check with your Degrees At Work Counselor or company-based College Advocate to learn more. In the Appendix, you will find a sheet labeled PLA programs with more information.
19 HOW TO... Complete a FAFSA application and access funding What is it? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a program run by the U.S. Department of Education. A completed FAFSA form will help determine your eligibility for federal student aid from at least nine federal programs, including Pell grants, and from hundreds of state-sponsored financial aid programs. A description of each of the federal programs may be found here: How does it work? Student aid is generally available in three forms grants, scholarships and loans. Grants and scholarships do not need to be repaid. Loans must be repaid and should be used carefully. Your college or university administers some federal grants. To be eligible for financial aid, you must: Be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or an eligible non-citizen Have a valid Social Security number Have a high school diploma or GED or for adult students, pass an Ability-to-Benefit test Be registered with the U.S. Selective Service (male students age 18-25) Complete a FAFSA form promising to use any federal aid for education purposes Not owe refunds on any federal student grants Not be in default on any student loans Not have been found guilty of the sale or possession of illegal drugs while federal aid was being received What can you do? Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) regardless of the type of grant or loan you are seeking. You can: Apply online at or Download a PDF version of FAFSA, which you must return by mail, or Request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at FED-AID ( ) or If hearing impaired, call the TTY line at Deadlines for applying may vary depending upon your college or state policy, but it is suggested that you file your application soon after January 1 of the year you plan to begin college. You will find deadlines at the following Web site: Need help? Contact the Kentuckiana College Access Center:
20 HOW TO... Access College Education Reimbursement or Deferment Programs What is it? A college education reimbursement or deferment program is an employer-financed opportunity that either reimburses students for tuition or pays directly for tuition. Often, these programs are offered as an employment incentive or to help employees upgrade their skill and value to the company. How does it work? Employee assistance will vary depending upon the company. Some common practices in companies that provide tuition reimbursement involve funding based on the performance of the student. For example, if a student receives an A, a student may be reimbursed at 100 percent, a B at 80 percent, and a C at 50 percent. Other companies may reimburse at a simple percentage of the entire cost. Colleges may offer a tuition deferment option for employees who access their company s tuition assistance benefit. In a deferment, the college does not collect full tuition until the term ends and the company reimburses the employee for the cost. Contact your college to see if this is an option for you. What can you do? Because employee assistance varies from company to company, you should contact your company Human Resource office or company-based College Advocate.
21 HOW TO... Access College Scholarship Programs What is it? Scholarship programs provide college aid for students based on a variety of criteria and are administered by many entities such as colleges and universities, high schools, companies, state and local governments, individuals and private foundations. Scholarships may be awarded based on career path, student prior performance in high school or college, or on financial need. How does it work? Scholarships are designed to pay for all or a portion of a student s tuition and do not need to be paid back as student loans do. Typically through any scholarship program an application must be completed and a selection process will occur. What can you do? There are so many scholarship opportunities on national, state and local levels that it is important to conduct thorough research. Most research can be conducted using the Internet, but you can also contact the recruiting office of the college or university you plan to attend and educational foundations. Regardless of type of financial aid assistance you seek, it is a good idea to complete the FAFSA form first. Some scholarship search tools include:
23 HOW TO... Access a Mentor Program What is it? A mentorship is a relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists you as an employee returning to college (mentee) in your goals for academic success by sharing wisdom and guidance. How does it work? Mentors in education guide you along a pathway toward a degree or certification by providing a support system and encouragement. Accessing your company mentor can be very effective in assisting you to succeed in your goal to complete college. What can you do? Ask your College Advocate or HR to connect you with a company-based mentor. You may want to seek out someone that works in a field that you would like to enter once you complete your degree. Make contact with your mentor. Be sure to ask questions! Allow them to assist you in your journey towards obtaining your degree
24 HOW TO... Access a Community of Practice What is it? A Community of Practice is a peer support system for you and other employees who are returning to college to complete a degree. How does it work? A Community of Practice can either be within your company or you can access a local or subject of study community. Studies have shown that employees who use this form of peer support have a greater chance of completing their degree. What can you do? Current students should speak with their faculty or program staff at their college to connect with a community of practice.
26 College Contact List Kelly Fereday ATA College Linn Station Road Louisville, KY ext 1357 Jimmy Blair Brown Mackie College - Louisville 3605 Fern Valley Road Louisville, KY OR Elisha Justice Brown Mackie College - Louisville 3605 Fern Valley Road Louisville, KY James Gribbins Campbellsville University 2300 Greene Way Louisville, KY Chris Thomas Daymar College 4112 Fern Valley Road Louisville, KY Scott Howard Devry University Linn Station Road Suite 300 Louisville, KY Aleese Fielder Indiana Tech 2441 State Street, Suite E New Albany, IN Chris M. Crews Associate Director of Admission Indiana University Southeast 4201 Grant Line Road New Albany, IN (812) Amanda Serafin Indiana Wesleyan University 4201 S. Washington St. Marion, IN OR Manuela Chamberlain Indiana Wesleyan University 4201 S. Washington St. Marion, IN edu Mike Alcorn ITT Technical Institute 9500 Ormsby Station Rd Louisville, KY Ivy Tech Community College 8204 Highway 311 Sellersburg, IN Phone: (812) , Extension 4132 OR Chris Goodman Ivy Tech Community College 8204 Highway 311 Sellersburg, IN (812) (extension 4135) Chanda Rodski Jefferson Community & Technical College 1000 Community College Dr. Lou. KY Katherine Markuson McKendree University Louisville Campus Linn Station Road Suite 100 Louisville, KY (502) Rita Mallory Mid-Continent University 99 East Powell Road Mayfield, KY Chris Gage, Director of Admission Hanover College P.O. Box 108 Hanover, IN Amanda Felten
27 Ely Kraft National College 4205 Dixie Highway Louisville, KY (502) OR Debbie Burke National College 4205 Dixie Highway Louisville, KY (502) James Croan Northwood University Bluegrass Pkwy # 115 Louisville, KY Peg Gernand Ottawa University 287 Quarter Master Court Jeffersonville, IN Christy A. Snip Purdue University - College of Technology 3000 Technology Avenue New Albany, IN (812) Patricia Goodman Spalding University 845 S. Third Street Louisville, KY (502) Ext Karen E. Swinney Spencerian College 4627 Dixie Highway Louisville, KY Christopher White Strayer University 2650 Eastpoint Parkway Louisville, KY Sean Ashcraft Sullivan College of Technology & Design 3901 Atkinson Square Drive Louisville, KY Terri Thomas Sullivan University 3101 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY Susan Hildebrand University of Louisville Louisville, KY OR Carrie Mundorf University of Louisville Louisville, KY Myra Rock University of Phoenix Louisville Campus Linn Station Rd, Suite 120 Louisville, KY Tammy Burke Webster University 1031 Zorn Avenue, Suite 200 Louisville KY, Rebekah Phillips Western Kentucky University 1906 College Heights Blvd. Bowling Green, KY
28 Participating Colleges and Universities ATA College Bellarmine University Brown Mackie College - Louisville Campbellsville University - Louisville Campus Daymar College DeVry University Elizabethtown Community & Technical College Galen College of Nursing Georgetown College Hanover College Indiana Tech Indiana University Southeast Indiana Wesleyan University ITT Technical Institute Ivy Tech Community College Jefferson Community and Technical College McKendree University Mid-Continent University National College Northwood University Ottawa University Purdue College of Technology Spalding University Spencerian College St. Catharine College Strayer University Sullivan College of Technology and Design Sullivan University University of Louisville University of Phoenix - Louisville Campus Webster University Western Kentucky University
29 Post-Secondary Schools With Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Programs Kentucky Colleges & Universities: Ashland Community and Technical College (Ashland, KY) Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY) Big Sandy Community and Technical College (Prestonsburg, KY) Brescia University (Owensboro, KY) Brown Mackie College (Louisville, KY; Northern KY; Hopkinsville, KY) Galen College (Louisville, KY) Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (Elizabethtown, KY) Hazard Community and Technical College (Hazard, KY) Hopkinsville Community College (Hopkinsville, KY) Jefferson Community and Technical College (Louisville, KY) Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, KY) Mid-Continent University (Mayfield, KY) National College (Louisville, KY) Ottawa University (Jeffersonville, KY) Owensboro Community and Technical College (Owensboro, KY) Saint Catharine College (St. Catharine, KY) Spalding University (Louisville, KY) Spencerian College (Louisville, KY) Strayer University (Louisville, KY) Sullivan University (Louisville, KY) Thomas More College (Crestview Hills, KY) Union College (Barbourville, KY) University of the Cumberlands (Williamsburg, KY) University of Louisville (Louisville, KY) Webster University (Louisville, KY) University of Phoenix (Louisville, KY) Indiana Colleges & Universities (Next Page)
30 Indiana Colleges & Universities: Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, IN) Goshen College (Goshen, IN) Huntington University (Huntington, IN) Indiana Institute of Technology (Fort Wayne, IN) Indiana University Bloomington (Bloomington, IN) Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN) Indiana University Southeast (Marion, IN) Indiana Tech (New Albany, IN) Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN) Ivy Tech Community College (Sellersburg, IN) Marian University (Indianapolis, IN) Oakland City University (Oakland City, IN) Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (St. Mary of the Woods, IN) Trine University (Angola, IN) University of Indianapolis Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN) More Information on PLA Programs Below you will find additional information on PLA Programs. However, it is not inclusive of all the programs in Kentucky and Indiana. To learn more about a PLA Program not listed, please contact the college contact from the list in the Appendix. Bellarmine University BU accepts portfolio, CLEP and Challenge Exam credit Brown Mackie College Accepts CLEP and Military credits. Galen College Accepts CLEP testing for College Algebra and English Composition I Indiana Tech Indiana Tech s College of Professional Studies will accept the following PLAs*: 1. CLEP and DANTES (unlimited transfer hours) 2. Previous college credits earned from regionally accredited institutions 3. Military Training/Experience (Indiana tech awards military transfer credit according to Guidelines set by the American Council on Education) 4. Credit for Learning Portfolios (up to 12 CFL Portfolios 36 credit hours). CFL does require a prerequisite of ENG 2220 which will teach students the correct format, structure and writing style needed to submit a wellprepared CFL Portfolio. For more information, contact us at
31 *Any combination of PLAs may be earned for each degree level as indicated below: Up to 58 credit hours for a 63 credit hour Associate s Degree (55 credit hours for a 60 credit hour degree) Up to 93 credit hours for a 123 credit hour Bachelor s Degree (90 credit hours for a 120 credit hour degree) Up to 9 credit hours for a Master s Degree Indiana University Southeast (IUS) Offers portfolio evaluation/credit for life experience, but only for our A.S. and B.S. degrees in General Studies. Otherwise, both CLEP and DANTES testing is accepted. IVY Tech Credit by Ivy Tech Community College is granted for acceptable test results under (1) CLEP, (2) AP (Advanced Placement); (3) DANTES, and (4) tests given by Ivy Tech instructors as specific subject test-outs. DDST as well. Credit is also awarded for properly documented prior learning experiences and workforce certifications. We acknowledge the prior learning experiences of students by awarding credit for appropriate prior learning. Such prior experience could include but is not limited to the following: (1) workplace learning, (2) military experiences and training, (3) nationally recognized testing, (4) certifications, and (5) community service. (**The awarding of credit for prior learning experiences is limited to technical coursework, whereas general education competencies must be validated through nationally recognized testing.**) Credit by Ivy Tech Community College is granted for acceptable test results under (1) CLEP, (2) AP (Advanced Placement); (3) DANTES, and (4) tests given by Ivy Tech instructors as specific subject test-outs. Credit is also awarded for properly documented prior learning experiences and workforce certifications. We acknowledge the prior learning experiences of students by awarding credit for appropriate prior learning. Such prior experience could include but is not limited to the following: (1) workplace learning, (2) military experiences and training, (3) nationally recognized testing, (4) certifications, and (5) community service. (**The awarding of credit for prior learning experiences is limited to technical coursework, whereas general education competencies must be validated through nationally recognized testing.**) Credit by Ivy Tech Community College is granted for acceptable test results under (1) CLEP, (2) AP (Advanced Placement); (3) DANTES, and (4) tests given by Ivy Tech instructors as specific subject test-outs. Credit is also awarded for properly documented prior learning experiences and workforce certifications. We acknowledge the prior learning experiences of students by awarding credit for appropriate prior learning. Such prior experience could include but is not limited to the following: (1) workplace learning, (2) military experiences and training, (3) nationally recognized testing, (4) certifications, and (5) community service. (**The awarding of credit for prior learning experiences is limited to technical coursework, whereas general education competencies must be validated through nationally recognized testing.**)
32 Mid-Continent University Option 1: Credit from Regionally Accredited Institutions Admission representative will perform a preliminary evaluation of the unofficial transcript to determine the credits Mid-Continent University will accept. This tentative evaluation will help determine what courses are needed to complete the degree. The Master of Science allows transfer up to 6 duplicate credits from other graduate programs. Once enrolled and the official transcript is received, the advisor will complete a formal plan for graduation. Option 2: Selected Military Training If a veteran, one may already have earned college credit for service to our country. The American Council on Education has evaluated various military training programs. This information can be obtained by requesting military transcripts. To obtain official military transcripts, contact: Army: Navy/Marines: Air Force: Option 3: Selected Professional Training or Examination Extended workplace training seminars (e.g. SIG SIGMA) and professional examinations may qualify for undergraduate college credit if recommended by the American Council on Education Option 4: Standardized Subject Exams One may earn undergraduate credit through CLEP and DANTES standardized examinations, which are equivalent to undergraduate college courses. A limit of 30 credits may be earned through examinations. One may choose from more than 70 examinations available on a variety of subjects. The following website may be helpful in exploring this resource: or Check your area for availability of testing centers. Mid-Continent University test codes: 8228 for CELP and 9768 for DANTES. Option 5: Documented Experiential Learning College-level learning obtained through work or life experience may be demonstrated through the Documented Prior Learning (DPL) essay process. Based on evaluation of your portfolio, Mid-Continent University faculty may award undergraduate credit, depending on the type of learning and the amount of documented training, through one of the following options: Technical, professional, and non-credit instruction Submit information indicating the type of training, learning outcome(s), and application of that knowledge. Experiential learning Submit an academic essay that combines college-level knowledge of theory with practical experience, including information from published sources. PLEASE NOTE: No more than 62 undergraduates may be earned through various combinations of non-traditional credit.
33 National College FREE Advanced Placement Examinations Life Experience Course Credit CLEP Accepted DSST Accepted Army AARTS Transcripts Accepted Navy & Marine Corps SMART Transcripts Accepted We are a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and will award credit for military courses in accordance with SOC and ACE guidelines. Ottawa University Ottawa University offers the following: Training programs. Specific professional develop training programs and seminars may be awarded as college credit in conjunction with the American Council of Education (ACE) guide. Students should present proof of successful completion for evaluation. Credit by Examination such as CLEP, AP and DANTES. Semester credits are awarded for the successful completion of examinations from approved national testing programs, including Advanced Placement (AP), Berlitz, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Excelisor, DANTES, Regents, and International Baccalaureate (IB). Semester credit awards are based on recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE), wherever applicable. Licensure or Certification in selected areas. Ottawa University will award college credit for specific vocational certifications in accordance with the American Council on Education guidelines. Military Experience. Students requesting evaluation of military training must provide original documentation to the Registrar of the Ottawa University campus of choice. Ottawa University transfers directly all associate and baccalaureate credit evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) as defined in the Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces. Life/Work Experience. Through the credit by assessment process, students may apply for semester credit for learning from formal or semiformal training, work experience, or non-work related experiences by writing a learning portfolio. The student is guided through this endeavor through a course on experiential learning and a close working relationship with a faculty advisor.
34 Spalding University Credit by Examination (CLEP/DSST/Institutional) All credits earned through CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DSST exams will be recorded as transfer credits. A student can earn a maximum of 32 credit hours with CLEP or DSST tests. A student may only apply 6 credit hours by examination during the last 30 hours before completion of the degree. Spalding University offers institutional credit by exam. Students may attempt credit by exam for many courses offered at Spalding. A list of CLEP/DSST exams and the corresponding Spalding course equivalent can be found of the Spalding University Academic Resource Center website. Click on the Academic Advising tab and select CLEP/DSST testing. The purpose of credit by examination is to acknowledge that an individual can acquire university-level knowledge and skills through self-education, on-the-job-training, professional experience and independent learning. Any interested student should meet with his or her advisor to discuss the possibility of taking a test for credit. The student s advisor will help the student decide whether to proceed further and explain the process for approval to take the test. The advisor will refer the student to the Test Administrator to obtain a packet containing information about preparation materials, registration forms, and available testing dates. The test registration form and non-refundable testing service fee must be submitted to the Test Administrator at least one week prior to the testing date. All applicable fees due to the CLEP/DSST companies are to be paid on the day of testing. Passing a CLEP/DSST exam WILL NOT count as enrolled credit hours during the session in which the exam is taken. All fees are subject to change without notice. CLEP/DSST computerized test results are usually received immediately upon completion of the test. CLEP/DSST Testing Credit by Examination Spalding University will administer CLEP and DSST exams to all students who properly follow registration procedures of the ARC Testing Center. Students do not have to be enrolled at Spalding University. Advance Registration is Required Sorry, NO Exceptions Testing Days and Times: Normally 3rd Friday of the Month at 10 am and 2:00 pm Confirm seat availability by contacting Allison Conner, Test Administrator, at or (502) , Ext
35 Registration Information CLEP DSST Registration Form Test Fee to Provider (Effective July 1, 2010) Registration Form is located on CollegeBoard CLEP website or can be picked up at the Academic Resource Center. Students should review testing policies and exam preparation details at $77.00 paid directly to CLEP via Debit/Credit Card on day of exam Registration Form can be picked up at the Academic Resource Center or sent through an request. Students should review testing policies and exam preparation details at $80.00 paid directly to DSST via Debit/Credit Card on day of Exam Non-Refundable Testing Service Fee to Spalding University (Effective July 1, 2010) $25.00 paid to Spalding University by Check or Money Order (must be received at least one week prior to exam). Mail or Deliver with Completed Registration form to: Spalding University Attn: Allison Conner-ARC, Library S. Third Street Louisville, KY Total Cost for each Exam $ $ Day of Exam The Testing Administrator is not responsible for storing personal items. The tester must bring: A debit or credit card to pay the test fee Two forms of ID, one of which must be a government issued ID (see CLEP Bulletin for details on CLEP Policies.) Exams are administered via computer and time limits vary per test. However, the computer test timer shuts off once time has expired, and the exam is over even if the student has not finished. Test results are generated immediately after the exam is completed and a copy of the score report is given to the student. Please note that College Composition exam scores will not be available immediately after the exam. Student will receive a copy of score report in the mail. Spencerian College Bypass exams in English, math, and keyboarding are offered to students to give them an opportunity to test out of these classes if they are already proficient. Strayer University Offers CLEP, DSST, challenge exam, and experiential learning portfolios. Sullivan University PLA for college credit $ per credit hour 4 credits. If you have a portfolio you get half off tuition. CLEP and TEST out $60.00 for test DSST- still checking
36 University of Louisville PLA Portfolio offered in: B.S. Workforce Leadership RN to BSN School of Engineering; awards 6 hours elective credit from military training Other PLA options accepted throughout university: CLEP Exams DSST Exams Challenge Exams Customized Exams University of Phoenix Professional training, such as seminars and courses provided by employers may be eligible for PLA. Licenses, certificates and transcripts from colleges and institutions may also be eligible. Certain types of experience may be eligible through writing an experiential learning essay. PLA uses a clock-hour to credit ratio of 15:1 (15 clock hours = 1 semester credit) for instructor-led training, and 30:1 for non-instructor led training (30 lab or clinical hours = 1 semester credit). Bachelor s degree students can earn up to 60 PLA credits (30 for professional training and 30 for Experiential Essay). Associate s degree students can earn up to 30 PLA credits, 15 for professional training and 15 for essays. Additional state restrictions may apply. Webster University Offers tests that applicants can take to get out of taking prerequisites for the MBA program if they know the subject but haven t had coursework in the area in their undergraduate program.
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