College of St. Scholastica Offering Prior Learning Assessment Credit for MOOcs

The College of St. Scholastica has decided to accept massive open online courses for prior learning assessment credit. The decision is part of the Duluth, Minn.-based Catholic college's new degree completion program.

Targeted at the 40 million Americans who already have some college credit but have failed to earn a degree, the school's new program—called "CSS Complete"—will allow students to transfer in up to 96 credit hours that can be applied to a degree. Like other prior learning assessment programs, St. Scholastica will use a mixture of portfolio review, credit by exam, and transfer credits to help students close the completion gap.

St. Scholastica's president, Larry Goodwin, told Inside Higher Ed that the school is still unsure about how it will assess MOOCs. Faculty members are currently determining if the school should exams or portfolio review when it comes to assessing MOOCs. Goodwin did not address whether the school would accept exams proctored by third-party companies, like Pearson VUE, contracted by the MOOC providers.


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