Through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education, you may be able to earn college credit for your significant professional, artistic and service accomplishments. Your past or current experiences can help you earn your college degree. The Credit for Life Experience Program course offering (CLE 299) may give you a jump start on your degree.

The Credit for Life Experience Program is designed to give students an opportunity to accumulate credit towards a major field of study through the development of a ‘portfolio of accomplishments’ that meet specific course objectives. Students work with an advisor and a team of faculty with expertise who will evaluate the contents of the collection in relationship to how effectively they meet a course’s expected outcomes. Based on that evaluation, students may be awarded credit for the particular University course(s). All credits earned through the Credit for Life Experience Program may be applied toward the satisfaction of degree requirements.

  • What is Credit for Prior Learning? The credit for life program is a completion of a Portfolio for earned credit from the course(s) that one feels they have significant life learning experience. Students can earn up to 30 semester hours.
  • What is Credit for Work Experience? Project Graduate students can earn up to twelve hours of academic credit based upon full-time employment.
  1. The student meets with Credit for Life Instructor regarding transferable life experiences.  During this meeting, the following occurs:
    • The instructor determines if the course is appropriate for student’s experience.  Instructor and student determine specific course(s) to be targeted for portfolio creation through review of university course catalog and appropriate course syllabus(i).
    • Instructor describes the Credit for Life process and course expectation, enrolls the student in the CLE 299 course.  The student is given portfolio course syllabus and development handbook to be used in the preparation of portfolio(s).
  2. The complete student portfolio.
    • The portfolio is completed in an appropriate time frame that allows for faculty review and evaluation, and submission of grade(s) and is within University grade submission guidelines.
    • The portfolio is given to the Instructor.  Instructor sends letters/email to Deans, Finance and Collection with information to bill the student for a portfolio with a list of course(s) pursuing to receive credit.  Then Portfolio is sent to the faculty assessor or committee for review.
  3. Portfolio evaluation.
    • After evaluation the assigned grade is determined based upon the degree to which the assessor determine that the student’s life experience meets the course(s) expected mastery of stated objectives and competencies.
    • A grade of P (pass) or F (fail) is entered for the course.   Memo and documentation are sent to the Registrar for posting the grade to the student’s official transcript.
    • Credits earned through CLE 299 are treated like other university earned credits applicable to meeting degree requirements.
    • CLE Permission Form


For more information contact:

Ray Jordan
Program Coordinator
(502) 597-5614