MoSTEMWINs awarded the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) the contract to develop Missouri’s first-ever credit for prior learning course crosswalk to national standards.
The crosswalk will be used to chart college-level learning or training that takes place outside the traditional classroom and identify approved course equivalents. Crosswalks typically use industry and national standards to determine if credit should be awarded.
Similar credit for prior learning initiatives have proven to increase retention and completion and accelerate time to completion.
For the MoWINs Colleges, credit for prior learning initiatives were supported in two previous TAACCCT grants, which resulted in a statewide Credit for Prior Learning Model Policy. These initiatives represent a significant departure from how Missouri’s colleges have historically awarded credit, but because of the TAACCCT grants, Missouri’s colleges now embrace and benefit from credit for prior learning.
The development of a statewide course matrix of all career and technical education workforce programs will help consortium colleges further implement credit for prior learning policies and aid in student success.
CAEL will be responsible for crosswalk development and implementation and will train all 13 consortium colleges on the new matrix.