By Tina Goodyear, executive director of the Center for Assessment of Post-Traditional Instruction, Training and Learning (CAPITAL) at Excelsior College
In a competitive market such as higher education, it is unusual to take the stance that collaboration and sharing are the right things to do. However, with an estimated 31 million people in the US with some college but no degree, it is in the best interest of the student—and arguably our nation—for those colleges well versed in the awarding of credit for prior learning to share their “secret sauce” with more traditional institutions seeking to serve the adult student.
Those working in the prior learning assessment arena have noticed a sharp increase in interest from other institutions wanting to design programs and develop policies that facilitate the awarding of credit for learning acquired and demonstrated outside of the classroom. Instead of viewing this influx of interest only as competition, it can also be viewed as a great opportunity—a hard-earned one at that. It could be that the “completion college,” now well into its forties, is finally having a turn in the spotlight, and the impact for such institutions has been substantial. Consider the benefits:
- Increased attention and dollars from key funders such as Gates and Lumina to create and assess credit-for-prior-learning initiatives and competency-based programs;
- Recognition from the USDE in the form of experimental sites initiatives that extend tuition assistance for alternative approaches such as prior-learning assessment, competency-based education and now, through EQUIP, creative partnerships with innovative providers:
- Increased focus on quality assurance methods used to determine the scope and rigor of non-institutional learning.
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About Tina Goodyear
Expertise: Assessment / Competency Education
Tina Goodyear is the COO of the Presidents' Forum, former executive director of the Center for the Assessment of Post-Traditional Learning at Excelsior College and the former director of the National College Credit Recommendation Service, a NYS Board of Regents program linking workplace and nontraditional learning to college credit.
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