For some time now, but particularly in recent years, the field of education, the University as a whole and our College in particular has emphasized the importance of learning from experience. Many courses now include such learning as part of their objectives. Our school has been in the forefront of the effort to grant credit toward the degree for such learning since it recognizes that life’s lessons are often more valued and remembered than those in the classroom. We learn by doing, in other words, by participating, not just by listening, however learned the voice we’re hearing.
The School of Liberal Arts has endorsed this principle to the extent of recognizing learning that may have taken place before the student’s enrollment. Individual evaluation of a student’s application for such credit will occur once a student is enrolled and prepares the appropriate articulation, analysis and documentation of such learning.
Such awarding of these credits—and they can also be submitted on the basis of work, for example, that took place in religious institutions or counted toward an International Baccalaureate or took place in quasi-professional workshops, provided that an equivalence to our College’s classroom offerings can be established—can significantly reduce the actual time spent at the College, provided enough room is left for the College’s requirements.