Empire State College provides individualized assessment of prior learning for enrolled students earning degrees from the college. During educational planning you will work with your mentor to determine whether you have prior college-level learning that will require individualized evaluation. You need to reflect on the nature of your experiential learning and on ways to present a convincing claim that this knowledge is worthy of college credit. With your mentor's guidance, you should ask yourself:
For each topic identified for which you are requesting credit, you will usually complete the following process:
With your mentor's approval this material will be submitted to an expert evaluator in the field through the center's Office of Academic Review. In formulating a prior learning recommendation, the evaluator:
The evaluator's report and recommendation will determine:
Although the expert evaluator makes credit recommendations, the final decision on credit awarded resides with the faculty academic review committee.
Charges for individualized prior learning assessments are based on the term of your first matriculated enrollment and the number of credits you request. Please visit www.esc.edu/fees for complete information on the Individual Evaluation (IEF) and Individualized Prior Learning Assessment (IPLA) fees.
The Individualized Prior Learning Assessment is available online.