Adult Degree Completion

SREB guiding principles for adult degree completion:

  1. Programs must be offered in an online or blended (hybrid) format.
  2. Courses must be offered in a flexible academic format.
    • for example, accelerated course format
  3. Institutions offering degree-completion programs must be “adult-friendly” (and adhere to Adult Learning Focused Institution principles) and offer:
    1. Outreach
    2. Life and career planning
    3. Financial aid
    4. Assessment of learning outcomes
    5. Teaching-learning process
    6. Student support systems
      • For example, registrar, bursar, financial assistance and student technology services
    7. Technology
    8. Strategic partnerships
  4. Institutions must provide options for prior learning assessment and should recognize and apply previously earned credits toward eligible degree programs.
    • Prior learning assessment includes methods such as:
      • individualized student portfolios or portfolio assessments conducted by individual colleges or CAEL’s
      • evaluation of corporate and military training by the American Council on Education
      • program evaluations by colleges of noncollegiate instructional programs that award credit to students who achieve recognized proficiencies or the evaluation of local training
      • challenge exams or customized exams offered by colleges to verify learning achievement (for example, course final exams)
      • standardized exams such as the Advanced Placement Examination Program, or AP Exams, offered by the College Board; College Level Examination Program, or CLEP Exams, also offered by the College Board; Excelsior College Exams, formerly Regents College Exams or ACT/PEP Exams; and the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, or DSST Exams, conducted by the Chauncey Group International
      • Prior Learning Assessment is more than the acceptance of transferable credits.


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