Credit for Lifelong Learning

The Board of Trustees believes that college-level learning occurs in many settings. Accordingly, the College adopted a policy for the assessment and awarding of credit for experiential learning. Collegiate credit may be awarded based on verification that the non-traditional learning is equivalent in level and nature to the learning acquired in approved college courses and programs.

There are several assessment methods available for students who want to earn collegiate credit for their college-level, non-traditional learning. Goodwin College accepts credit recommendations with departmental approval from the American Council on Education (ACE), Charter Oak State College Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (COSC CCAP) and the United States military in awarding college credit to adult learners for classroom-based training experiences.

In addition, the college evaluates student performance on select standardized tests such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP) tests, Excelsior exams, and DANTES/DSST.

The Goodwin faculty may offer a Credit-by-Exam (CBE) test designed and administered by the College. Students must achieve a score of 73% on a CBE; however, programmatic requirements may require a higher passing score. For specific CBE requirements please contact the appropriate academic department. Students may only attempt each exam one time.  There is an assessment fee charged by the College for CBEs; however, no charge is assessed for the credits awarded.

Portfolio review consists of the creation of a portfolio that documents student learning from work, volunteer, and other significant life experiences and relates the learning to student learning outcomes of specific college courses. For the initial portfolio, there is a mandatory Portfolio Review for Experiential Credit course and development and assessment fee associated with the portfolio review.  For the development of additional portfolios, there is a development and assessment fee associated with each portfolio review.

Students may elect to have their experiential learning assessed by any of these methods, only if they are in student status during the semester the assessment is completed. No more than 50% of the credits required for an AS or BS degree shall be awarded for prior experiential learning. No more than 25% of the credits required for a credential of 30 credits or fewer will be awarded.

Credit awarded for experiential learning may not be transferable to other institutions of higher learning. Credits awarded are given the grade of EC and are not included in the calculation of the GPA. These credits count both as credits attempted and as credits earned in determining satisfactory academic progress.

Students should refer to the transfer pages ( on the Goodwin College website for more information.