IW recognizes that University level learning can and does take place outside of the collegiate setting. The University also recognizes that not every experience produces university level learning. Therefore, IW has established a prior learning assessment process to determine if university level learning has indeed occurred and the amount of academic credit appropriate for that learning.
Often, other methods of assessing and awarding University credit are satisfactory to the student and to the University. Thus established credit awarding processes (e.g. CLEP, DSST, and/or Excelsior subject exams, American Council on Education evaluations of armed services experiences or national guide credit, and the University’s credit by examination process) must be explored before making use of the Credit for Life Learning prior learning assessment process.
Credit for Life Learning (CLL) through prior learning assessment is a flexible, efficient way of earning college credits for college-level knowledge you have acquired through expertise developed outside the classroom. CLL operates on the philosophy that college-level learning, no matter how it is gained, may warrant consideration for credit. Therefore, nearly any area of learning can be converted into college credit as long as it is corresponds to what is taught in a course at a regionally accredited college or university, and you can demonstrate your expertise in it through the portfolio process. This prior learning may be a result of your:
- Work experience
- Formal corporate or military training
- Business ownership
- Volunteer work
- Civic leadership
- Independent study