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- Previous College Coursework
- ACE-evaluated Training
- Military Experience/Training
- Equivalency Exams
- Transfer Credit Policy
- Prior Learning Assessment Fees
- Prior Learning Credit Limits
- Prior Learning Assessment Process
At Grantham, we realize that as an adult learner, your time is precious. That's why we evaluate different types of learning -- in and outside the classroom -- to help you get credit for the time you've already invested in your education.
Let's look at the types of learning and training that could be evaluated for potential credit at Grantham.
Potential Sources of Credit
We'll gladly evaluate prior college coursework, equivalency exams and training (military and civilian) that has been appropriately evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) for potential credit transferability. See the links below for details:
- Military experience/training (Military training can fall into different categories. See this page for complete information.)
- Transfer credit policy (Go to this page for information on obtaining transcripts, course equivalency, specifics on undergraduate and graduate transfer credit policies and more.)
A great deal of learning occurs outside a university classroom. Often worthy of college credit, this "prior learning" (also called experiential learning) comes in various forms and is categorized as sponsored (e.g., corporate training, professional certifications, continuing education, etc.) or unsponsored (e.g., internships, volunteer work, etc.) learning.
Through Grantham's Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, you can submit evidence of professional and experiential learning for evaluation for potential college credit. For details, see the information and links below:
Sponsored prior learning
Sponsored prior learning is typically sponsored by an organization and includes classroom learning that has taken place outside of the traditional college setting (e.g., trade school, vocational school, continuing education units, professional development, etc.).
Grantham will evaluate many types of sponsored prior learning, including (but not limited to):
- Workforce training
- Training that has been evaluated and is listed in the National College Credit Recommendation Service (formerly PONSI)
- Government sponsored training and certifications, police and corrections academy trainings
- Professional licenses (e.g., real estate salesperson)
- Professional, occupational, and vocational certifications (e.g., Certified Addictions Counselor)
- Corporate training or professional development (e.g. managerial training)
- Continuing education (e.g., education required to maintain licensure or certification)
- MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
As part of Grantham's Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, you will submit a completed Description of Experience form, along with other required documentation.
Unsponsored prior learning
Unsponsored prior learning, also referred to as experiential learning, can be defined as "learning from experience." This type of learning typically takes place outside the classroom and can exist without a facilitator. Examples of unsponsored prior learning include, but are not limited to:
- Internships, externships or on-the-job training (those not completed as part of a college degree program) in a given field of work
- Family, community or volunteer experiences that resulted in college-level learning
As part of Grantham's Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) evaluation, you will submit a completed Description of Experience form, along with other required documentation.
Additional Prior Learning Information