Friends University recognizes that learning may take place in settings other than the college classroom. Many adult students have acquired knowledge from training or life experiences (a job, self-education or practical experience) that is equivalent to that provided in the classroom. Where college-level learning from these experiences can be verified and properly documented, Friends University will award up to 30 hours of college credit to bachelor degree program students and up to 15 hours of college credit to associate degree program students.
Prior and Experiential Learning can be submitted as Professional/Technical Training (PT) and/or Life Learning Essays (LLE’s). Associate degree program students are eligible for Professional Technical (PT) credits only. Faculty members from a cross-section of academic disciplines assess the training and experiences for experiential education in Kansas. The maximum amount of experiential learning credit that may be awarded is 30 credit hours. Experiential credit is not recognized as credit meeting residency requirements for degrees.
Experiential credit can save money and reduce the length of time needed to achieve a baccalaureate degree. Although numerous other colleges also recognize experiential learning, each institution sets its own standards on what and how many credits it will accept in transfer. Students intending to transfer or attend graduate school should inquire of that school how experiential credit will be accepted.
Professional/Technical (PT) trainings can be awarded college credit based on an evaluation by the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) office in consultation with Friends University faculty.
Vocational Schools – Certifications and Licenses
Students who have had training in recognized technical, vocational or non-accredited post-secondary educational institutions may earn credits by submitting their transcripts for evaluation. Narratives (see Submitting a Request for Credit) are not required for the submission of these credits. The following are examples of such organizations:
Submission requirements for vocational school credit: Completed Professional/Technical training petition form and transcripts outlining actual seat-time/hours logged, or earned credit hours.
Work-Based/Professional Development Trainings
Work-based/professional development training includes any formal courses provided by employers, or training received that’s related to the job. Students may acquire their training transcripts from the HR department of their company to submit their work experience for a degree from those experiences to the PLA office. Knowledge gained from professional development or religious study courses may also apply for credit. As a guideline, a minimum of 40-45 hours spent in a classroom situation is required to even be considered for one hour of college credit.
Submission requirements for work-based/professional development training credit: Portfolio
The following trainings have already been evaluated by Friends University faculty and receive automatic credit when submitted through the Prior Learning Assessment office.
Submission requirements for pre-evaluated/automatic credit: Completed Professional/Technical training petition for credit form and a copy (front and back) of first aid and CPR card, and/or copy of Lamaze certificate. NOTE: If a Lamaze certificate is not available, a student may submit a two to three page narrative of their learning experience with a copy of the birth certificate.
Community College Hours (Over 78)
Students who have earned more than 78 hours from a two-year school may convert the excess hours at a 3:1 ratio into PT credit.
Submission requirements for over 78 community college credit: Completed Professional/Technical training petition for credit form and Friends University academic worksheet identifying eligible courses.
ACE and NCCRS
The American Council on Education (ACE) and the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) provides evaluations of trainings so that universities may grant academic credit to adults for formal courses taken outside college courses. Friends University uses the recommendations from ACE/NCCRS to award college credit.
The following are SOME of the organizations ACE has evaluated. For a full listing of ACE evaluated organizations, click here.
For a full listing of NCCRS evaluated organizations, click here.
Submission requirements for ACE/NCCRS credit: Completed Professional/Technical training petition for credit form, documentation of training and/or certificate of completion, and a copy ACE/NCCRS credit recommendation.
U.S. Military Service
College credit is recognized for military service where college credit recommendations have been established by the American Council on Education (ACE), Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS), and Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (SMART). Veterans must submit their separation form DD-214 to apply for military service credits.
Submission requirements for military service credits: Completed Professional/Technical training petition for credit form, ACE, AARTS or SMART transcript, and form DD-214 (unless already on file with the registrar).
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POINTS OF INFORMATION FOR PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL TRAINING SUBMISSIONS
Life learning essays (LLEs) can be written to express the knowledge and experiences related to a specific subject area. Each essay must meet the learning outcomes and/or course description of a Friends University course. Students interested in writing using the LLE credit option should contact the PLA office for course approval.
NOTE: There are several important factors that are required in all essays regardless of the particular subject being discussed. In order for an essay to be evaluated for college credit, each submission must be a minimum of eight (8) pages (excluding cover and reference pages) and include the following FIVE items:
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POINTS OF INFORMATION FOR LIFE LEARNING ESSAY SUBMISSIONS
Allow approximately four weeks for evaluation (submissions between May 1st and August 1st & December 15th and January 15th may take longer due to faculty availability).
All submissions are to be sent directly to:
Prior Learning Assessment – Sanya Wiles
2100 W. University Ave., 123 CAPS Bldg.
Wichita, KS 67213
Toll Free: 800-794-6945 ext. 5885
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