Purdue Global Alternative Credit Center honored with the Innovate Award by the Online Learning Consortium

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Purdue University Global is proud to offer its students the opportunity to earn points from prior learning experiences – be it work, military or even volunteer work.

Others take notice. On Tuesday (March 22), “The Alternative Credit Center at Purdue Global: Open Degree Programs, Portfolios, and Assessments” was selected for an Innovate Award by the Online Learning Consortium, a collaborative community of university leaders and innovators.

The Purdue Global Alternative Credit Center offers opportunities for both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students. It accepts eligible credits through portfolio development, open learning courses, course assessments, and work/life experience. Purdue Global offers free online services and personalized mentoring to help learners identify and organize prior work and life experiences and skills that might count toward graduation or career growth.

“We’re really proud of the work we do at our Alternative Credit Center, recognizing the knowledge and skills of our students when they come to Purdue Global and providing them with opportunities to earn credit while saving time and money in the process save,” said Jody DeKorte, Purdue global vice president and dean of the School of General Education. “It’s a way we can really help students see that what they know matters.”

Associate Dean Michele Riley oversees the Alternative Credit Center and professional degree programs with support from faculty member Carolyn Stevenson.

“Purdue Global faculty are trained to assess each student’s work and life experiences,” said Riley. “The student presents their work and life experiences while showing the learning that takes place in the process. It is impressive to see how much learning our students have experienced.”

Purdue Global offers two work experience credit courses that enable students to document their previous experience and use formal learning reports to explain what they learned from that experience. This portfolio development and assessment process is designed with the high level of academic rigor found at accredited higher education institutions. There is a strong emphasis on quality in the assessment process, which adheres to the 10 Standards for Quality Assurance in the Assessment of Leaning as established by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Students then use a course-match model to match their learning statements to learning outcomes from college-level courses offered by regionally or nationally accredited institutions.

Students who submit a portfolio for review earn an average of 35 credits and can save more than $11,000 in tuition.

Other recipients of the Innovate Award this year include Northern Virginia Community College, Oregon State University Ecampus and Department of Chemistry, and King Khaled University.

“We are pleased to honor these outstanding institutions and educators for their innovative efforts in online, blended and digital learning,” said Jennifer Mathes, chief executive officer of the Online Learning Consortium. “Her efforts with her peers and other institutions demonstrate leading programs in the field of education.”

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global provides personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults with work or life experiences outside of the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need need to achieve their career goals. It offers students personalized paths to earn an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits, and other considerations—regardless of where they are in their life journey condition. Purdue Global is a non-profit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with the flagship institution of Purdue University, a premier public research university in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana and serves science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. See purdueglobal.edu for more information.

Around the online learning consortium

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is a collaborative community of education leaders and innovators dedicated to advancing high-quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. The growing OLC community includes faculty members, administrators, trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional organizations, and corporations. Visit onlinelearningconsortium.org for more information.

Media contact: Tom Schott, tschott@purdue.edu

Sources: Jody DeKorte

Michael Riley

Jennifer Mathes

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