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EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CREDIT
(Note: For graduate ELC inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
The University of Memphis believes that rigorous professional and/or personal development
occurs in settings outside the traditional classroom and grants experiential learning
credit (ELC) to students who demonstrate the academic merit of such experiences.
These contexts for ELC include both formal and informal learning that results from
work-site training, professional organization certification, community volunteerism
and unique life experiences.
A systematic process for evaluating and credentialing learning gained in a variety
of contexts has been implemented by the University. Students may apply ELC toward
degree programs granted by University College.
Read more about the Experiential Learning Credit process and how the University of
Memphis is working in cooperation with the City of Memphis' Opportunity Challenge
in assisting citizens to obtain higher education in The Commercial Appeal's Business News and on My Fox Memphis.
Joe Rowell was able to graduate earlier than expected for earning college-level credit for his
work experience. He appeared on Good Morning Memphis with David Williams of Leadership Memphis to encourage others with his story.
Students are permitted to seek ELC after  acceptance to the University of Memphis
through the Office of Admissions and  declaring a major in University College.
Credit is awarded based on a faculty evaluator's determination that the portfolio
provides sufficient evidence that the prior knowledge and skills acquired are equivalent
to what a student would obtain in a college-level course.
The amount of experiential learning credit will be granted based upon guidelines of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
In general, experiential learning credit is not guaranteed but exceptions do exist
such as pre-assessed licenses (e.g. Pilots' Licenses held by Commercial Aviation students).
A complete listing of pre-assessments is available at the bottom of this page.
Experiential Learning Credit (ELC) Process
1. Student views the Experiential Learning Credit (ELC) Orientation and Experiential
Learning Student Handbook.
2. Student completes the ELC quiz.
3. Student submits a non-refundable ELC evaluation fee.
4. Student forwards ELC evaluation payment confirmation to the University College
Director of ELC along with a brief description of experiences submitted for consideration
and the ELC quiz results (from Step 3).
5. Student receiving endorsement from the University College Director of Experiential
Learning Credit will be provided instructions on portfolio submission. Based on ELC
Quiz results, student may be assigned a University College ELC Mentor to review the
ELC Student Handbook and complete additional ELC portfolio preparation training.
6. ELC portfolio is reviewed anonymously by a faculty/industry expert evaluator.
7. Credit is awarded based on the evaluator's determination that the portfolio provides
sufficient evidence that the knowledge and skills a student has acquired outside the
classroom are equivalent to what one would acquire in respective coursework.
8. Student is notified of evaluator’s decision.