Knowledge May Equal College Credit!

Sul Ross-Rio Grande College is now working with, a unique online resource that helps adults earn credit for college-level knowledge acquired outside the classroom.

Individuals may possess significant experience and education from military training, on-the-job learning, or volunteer work that may be turned into college credit by developing and submitting a portfolio through LearningCounts. The company offers online portfolio development classes, portfolio evaluations, and prior learning assessment (PLA). Students also benefit from advice from a specialist as well as expert faculty evaluations of learning portfolios. These services empower individuals to return to school, finish a degree, and take the next step to advance their careers.

 “Earning credit for college-level learning acquired outside of the traditional classroom  means more affordable degrees for the thousands of adults who are just starting their degrees, or who already have some college but still need to finish,” said Chari Leader Kelley, vice president of LearningCounts. “More than 39 million adults in this country have some college, but no degrees. Many have achieved significant learning outside of the traditional college setting. Providing an academically sound pathway to recognition for their learning not only helps them accelerate degree completion, but significantly reduces student debt.”

LearningCounts is administered by the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a non-profit pioneer in adult education. CAEL is committed to helping people obtain the education and training required to attain meaningful, secure employment.

Sul Ross-RGC’s Associate Provost/Dean Dr. Paul Sorrels said, “We are very pleased to be offering this option to our students and community. Assisting adults, particularly those with real life experience, achieve a bachelor's degree is one of the goals of the new Bachelor of Applied Science. Many adults have vast and valuable experience which can often be converted into credits to facilitate college completion. This opportunity will provide recognition of this valuable experience and prior learning.”

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