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Academic institutions are recognizing the value in nontraditional pathways that bring big benefits to adult learners, working to grow efforts beyond the pilot stage.
North American colleges and universities are beginning to recognize the value of non-credit to credit pathways. But most of these institutions have yet to implement these nontraditional avenues to a college degree.
Non-credit to credit pathways translate non-credit achievements -- such as professional certifications or licenses, prior learning assessments, faculty reviews, and military service -- into credit toward a degree. With college enrollments dropping, along with public confidence in the value of a college education, non-credit to credit pathways allow students the flexibility to keep their education options open to match their lifestyle.
Implementing non-credit to credit pathways can provide great value to learners and institutions alike. But the institutional barriers to deploying these pathways are still high, and institutions have work to do to provide this new opportunity for learners.
Download the UPCEA research report below to find out more about the state of non-credit to credit pathway implementation.