Diverse Credit Transfer: Student Opportunity vs. Higher Education Tradition
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Because today’s students are taking advantage of educational opportunities in multiple settings to earn an academic credential, maximization of transfer credits for all students has become critical. To serve the students, it becomes increasingly important for postsecondary institutions to consider nontraditional credits for transfer as legitimate forms of learning, while also maintaining academic standards. This chapter will examine a variety of transfer credit types such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), portfolio assessment, competency-based credits, and more. Many exams have become standardized and have been included as acceptable transfer credit substitutes to aid students’ educational goals. However, other types of learning assessment have not been regularly included as transferable, which can create the need for students to duplicate prior learning. It has become imperative for postsecondary institutions to work together to identify and accept a larger variety of transfer credits to aid in student success and remove any barriers in attaining educational goals.