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Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning

Continuing and Adult Education at Saint Xavier University recognizes that education can occur outside the classroom environment through work or personal experience. Students acquiring knowledge within a particular subject area other than formal college classes, such as job skills, military experiences, certifications, travel and personal, may contact an advisor to learn more about obtaining credits. 

The following resources are available through Continuing and Adult Education:

CLEP

Adult learners may earn up to 27 college credits for designated courses through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or department challenge examinations. The University requires a score of 50 on each exam title. For information as to which course requirements can be satisfied through testing, students may contact the Office of Advising or visit the CLEP Examination web page.  To view a schedule of testing dates or to register for a CLEP exam, please visit the Testing Registration web page.

Portfolio Assessment

Continuing and Adult Education will accept credit for prior learning through the evaluation and review of a portfolio. The portfolio is an organized collection of essays, employment history (résumé), professional training, volunteer work and other pertinent documentation indicating learning through work and life experiences. Students must thoroughly demonstrate how knowledge and skills gained through life experience is equivalent to college level learning.

The FOSEM 110: Portfolio Development course is a prerequisite for submission of a portfolio. Students are billed a $200 evaluation and process fee. For more information, contact your advisor or Continuing and Adult Education.

American Council on Education (ACE) Credit

Saint Xavier University is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE). This membership allows adult students the opportunity to obtain academic credit from military and workplace training programs from organizations such as business and industry, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, technical and business schools, professional training suppliers, and government agencies. Students are billed a $200 evaluation and processing fee. For more information, call Continuing and Adult Education office at 708-802-6200.