The School of Professional and Career Education (PACE) at Barry University recognizes that college level learning can take place outside of the traditional college setting. Thus, students in PACE degree programs can earn up to 90 credits toward the 120 (48 of which must be upper level) required for graduation through the assessment of prior learning as well as through traditional transfer credit from an accredited college/university.

Regardless of the number of traditional transfer and/or prior learning credits accepted, all students must still complete Barry University's thirty credit residency requirement and the specific requirements of their particular degree program.

This fact book provides a detailed explanation of the assessment of prior learning options at PACE.The four major categories are: (1) the portfolio, (2) testing, (3) licensure/certification, and 4) nontraditional transfer credit.

THE PORTFOLIO: The portfolio is the vehicle through which students can demonstrate college level learning in order to receive credit for learning from professional work experience and/or community service in one or more of the following categories: administration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, interpersonal relations, investigation and research, leadership and supervision. Specific guidelines for developing a portfolio are given in the portfolio seminar.Seminar dates are listed in the semester schedule and on-line.

TESTING: Testing includes examinations of the Educational Testing Service, including the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement program (AP), the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), and Barry University Challenge Exams.

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION: Licensure/certification is the awarding of transfer credits to students who hold licenses or certificates recognized by Barry University. Credit is awarded for the license(s)/certificate(s) itself or for courses completed at regionally accredited institutions leading to issuance of the license(s)/certificate(s).

NONTRADITIONAL TRANSFER CREDIT: Nontraditional transfer credit includes the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) which includes credit recommendations for courses or examinations offered by various organizations and the military and course work recommended for credit by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (CCRS) formerly National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI).

The four major categories are further divided into nine Fact Sheets (see Contents page).Students should also note the criteria and/or credit limitations stated on each of the following fact sheets and the fee schedule in Appendix C. Other questions you may have regarding assessment of prior learning credit can be answered by your academic advisor.

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