The economics of recognizing prior learning in a baccalaureate degree program for adults

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  • Author(s):
    • Swift, John
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    United States of America
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  • Keywords:
    university records, economic benefits, financial implications, CLEP, survey, university, qualitative, quantitative


RPL and granting college credit based on life experience rather than formal college courses has been a growing practice. Little research has been conducted to learn what the economic effects were of granting credit for prior learning. This study had two purposes. The first was to explore the financial implications of RPL for an institution of higher education. The second was to learn if there was an economic benefit for students who are granted college credit for prior learning.

The University of Toledo's Adult Liberal Studies program was designed especially for students over 25 years of age who had little or no previous college experience. It provided an opportunity to earn up to 75 hours of college credit for those who scored 440 or higher on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General Subject Examination. This study included 436 students who had taken at least one CLEP examination. Information was gathered from college records and from a survey sent to all student participants. Results indicated taht the institution increased its income and students experienced financial savings and reduced time require to earn a degree. [adapted from author's abstract].

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