Colorado Technical University may award course credit for experiential learning
that has been gained through employment, non-collegiate, school-based
education or other appropriate learning experiences in adherence to American
Council of Education (ACE) recommendations. Life and learning experiences
alone, however, are an inadequate basis for the award of experiential credit. In
order for such learning to be considered for this credit award, it must:
- Relate specifically to an associate or bachelor’s degree course in the
student’s academic program.
- Result in experiential attained and mastered college-level competencies that
are appropriately documented and equivalent to the course outcomes that would
be acquired in the comparable Colorado Technical University course.
- Demonstrate and verify learning through documentation such as work samples
and/or supervisory verification.
Students must start the process to determine their eligibility by contacting a
Prior Learning Assessment Specialist and/or a Program Chair. The final portfolio
is submitted to the Prior Learning Assessment Department and/or a Dean and
assigned to a Program Chair to evaluate the portfolio and determine the credit
award. The maximum amount of life experience credit accepted toward
graduation is 16 quarter credit hours for an associate degree and 32 quarter
credit hours for a bachelor’s degree.