Steps to Earning Credit

1. Talk with your academic advisor about prior learning options. When standardized or departmental challenge exams are not available, or validation of certification or skills, portfolio assessment may be possible.

2. If your prior learning is aligned with most of the outcomes for an Andrews course (find in course schedule), fill in the Portfolio Assessment Application and make an appointment to discuss this application with the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Coordinator in the School of Distance Education.  

3. If approved by the CPL Coordinator, a faculty evaluator will be assigned to review your application within one month. If approved, you have two months to complete and submit a digital or printed portfolio, following the portfolio rubric guidelines.  Evaluators may be full-time or part-time faculty who teach the course for which credit is applied.  If course outcomes require demonstration of skill, the evaluator may contact the student to perform or demonstrate learning; usually portfolios are evaluated without contacting students. 

4. The faculty evaluator who approved the application will grade the portfolio within one month.  The grade sheet and portfolio will be returned to the CPL Coordinator.  When a passing grade is earned, the results are communicated to the student and the grade sheet with the number of credits awarded is submitted to the Records Office. A per-credit fee will be charged to your account at the time of grade entry.

Completing a course in portfolio preparation is recommended. Andrews University recommends and recognizes the LearningCounts portfolio preparation course which include the option to submit course-specific portfolios for evaluation by a qualified faculty evaluator.  This option allows you to earn credits for courses Andrews University does not offer.  Passing grades are recorded on Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) transcripts, which Andrews University accepts.