Andrews University recognizes that college-level learning can occur outside of the classroom. When advanced standing, credit-by-exam, and performance or credential validation are not appropriate, prior learning credit may be possible through portfolio assessment. Use the resources on this page to prepare.
The Andrews University Prior Learning Director, Dr Glynis Bradfield, coordinates portfolio approval, development, and assessment for students in any program, on-campus or online. Students are welcome to make appointments for coaching through the portfolio preparation process where prior learning is aligned with one class listed in the current Andrews University bulletin.
Students with prior learning aligned to more than one Andrews University or other university's classes are advised to take the 3-credit portfolio preparation course, GNST 295 Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice. Course completion includes the option to submit two course-specific portfolios for evaluation by a qualified faculty evaluator.
Where prior learning is in disciplines not available at Andrews University, portfolio evaluation is recommended through the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Passing grades on CAEL transcripts which will be articulated into your Andrews University record as transfer credit. Such credits are often used to fill electives, but may apply to Andrews Core and major requirements .