‘Mobile learners’ need mobile credits

Two new Center for American Progress reports reframe college completion to fit today’s mobile students, reports Inside Higher Ed.

Degree Completion Beyond Institutional Borders calls for making it easier for “mobile learners” to earn and transfer credits.

. . . students can earn credit for prior learning  —  including the portfolio assessment done by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, the evaluation of military and corporate credits by the American Council on Education, and the use of standardized exams such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams — and the evolving systems being developed by CAEL and Academy One aimed at making it easier for students to collect formal and informal academic work and for institutions to assess it.

Community college students seeking a bachelor’s degree often have trouble getting credit for all their work, the report finds.

More than 60 percent of college students transfer at least once in their undergraduate programs, and an increasing number of students possess college-level knowledge and skills from their work and life experience. The thousands of military personnel needing to make the transition to civilian jobs after service in Iraq and Afghanistan may also have college-level skills and knowledge that they have acquired during their time in service.

Easy Come, EZ-Go proposes creating regional higher education zones in 20 metropolitan areas that serve multiple states. Students would be able to cross state lines to attend a college or university without paying out-of-state fees.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON November 3, 2010

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