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Graduate and Continuing Studies offers adult students an opportunity to earn credit for life experiences

The Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Muskingum College is now offering adult students wishing to complete their bachelor’s degree an opportunity to earn academic credit for learning outside the classroom.

The college’s Experiential Learning Workshop takes students through a petitioning process that leads to an evaluation of their learning as it applies to the pursuit of an undergraduate degree.  The credits earned can be applied toward their degree in the Muskingum Adult Program (MAP), which offers bachelor’s degrees in accounting, public accounting, business, criminal justice, early childhood education and intervention specialist education.  MAP classes for this fall begin September 17 and registration remains open for the fall session. 

The workshop, which takes place in six sessions over 12 weeks, guides students through the process of completing a portfolio of their learning from life and work experiences, which will then be evaluated by a faculty member who is an expert in the field.  The academic credit earned will be applied toward the student’s degree requirements.

"The experiential learning workshop offers adult students a new way to receive academic credit for college-level learning that has taken place outside of the classroom,” said Kim Goosman, coordinator of the Muskingum Adult Program. “Earning academic credit in this way has the potential to reduce the amount of time required to earn a degree, plus it can reduce the cost.”

Goosman went on to say that the money saved from the workshop can be significant.  “A student who receives 15 credits from their experiential learning portfolio can save almost $3,000 over the cost of regular tuition.  We’re confident that our adult students will find that a very attractive way to move forward with their degree,” she said.

Fall classes begin September 17.   For specific information on when the workshop will take place and the cost, call Graduate and Continuing Studies at 740-826-8038.