So far, about 80 colleges, including Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, have agreed to accept those credit recommendations, and to give students three credit hours for the portfolio-creation course.
The article talks about one woman who used the service, paying $500 for a course and $250 for a portfolio review and aimed to get credit for managerial jobs at country clubs, saying she learned the same skills she would learn in a leadership class.
Thoughts from Editor Paul Glader:
These kinds of “Life experience” reviews and programs are questionable. The fact of the matter is – college is not like regular life experience. It is an experience involving learning along fixed coursework following a syllabus. It seems to cheapen a college experience to reward people college credit for things they’ve done outside of college. Most colleges award some credit for an internship…. but that is very limited and usually applies to internships one does related to your major. This other “life experience” credit will not be generally well-regarded by the education community and will, then, always represent inferior degrees. The mantra “Buy-cheap, buy twice” applies. I welcome your responses and thoughts to this question: Should colleges award more “life experience” credit?