Credit for life experience is not evaluated during the admissions process; it is handled after the student has enrolled in the program.
During the course of their career, adults often develop skills and knowledge that are equivalent to college coursework. CUNY Baccalaureate offers life experience credits evaluation as a way for students to earn academic credit for knowledge and experience gained outside of a traditional classroom. In the broadest sense, life experience includes all college-level learning before admission to—or during a significant hiatus from—college. This includes formal learning gained through successful completion of coursework sponsored by non-accredited colleges or other agencies, as well as knowledge obtained through career experience, including volunteer work and professional training. While most things people do involve some sort of learning, not all learning is college-level learning; the most important thing to keep in mind about the life experience credit process is that credit is not awarded for your experiences (no matter how sophisticated) but for your ability to demonstrate that these experiences constitute college-level learning.
CUNY BA students can earn up to 15 credits for documented learning experiences, published works, or artistic performances that occurred a) before they started college, b) during a hiatus of at least one year in their college careers, or c) in their current job if they were doing the same job for at least two years before starting college, provided they can show that what they learned or did is equivalent to college level work.
Another way to pursue life experience credits is for courses/workshops completed at a non-accredited school: If you completed courses or workshops at an unaccredited school or organization, you may seek life experience credit for these only if you subsequently applied what you learned (through work or volunteer experience, paid or unpaid). For example: If you completed courses at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences (a.k.a. the Swedish Institute for Massage), an organization that is not accredited by either the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools or by the New York State Board of Regents, to apply for life experience credits for those courses you would have had to put what you learned there into practice (and explain and document that practice in your portfolio); furnishing CUNY BA with a Swedish Institute transcript alone will not suffice for life experience credit consideration.
Enrolled students can pursue the life experience credit option when they have earned between 45 and 90 credits. Credit for prior learning cannot be awarded in the semester during which graduation requirements will be completed; students are urged, therefore, not to wait until the last minute to submit their portfolios.
Credit for prior learning can not be applied to area(s) of concentration, liberal arts, residency, or core distribution requirements. This credit is always elective credit. Students who enter the program with 90 credits do not have room in their degrees for life experience credits; students who enter with close to 90 credits may not have room either (those students should consult their CUNY Baccalaureate academic advisor after their area of concentration form is approved).
Attendance at a 90-minute seminar is a required part of the process for applying for Life Experience Credits. You must have room in your program for elective credits (see your degree contract or consult your CUNY Baccalaureate advisor), and the work for which you are seeking credit must have occurred at a time when you were not in college. Life Experience Seminars are open to current CUNY Baccalaureate students only and are held in our program office.
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