For release: April 8, 2013
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843
At the University of Memphis, experience isn’t just a good teacher; it’s more like
The U of M makes it easier for adult learners who want to start or finish earning
a degree by allowing them to use previously earned college credit or college-credit-worthy
experiences toward a diploma. This provides an affordable way to accelerate not only
a student’s education, but earnings potential as well.
Over the course of a lifetime, the average college graduate will earn a million dollars
more than someone without a college degree. The University of Memphis wants to help
make that possible, by means of Experiential Learning Credit (ELC) and previous college
credits toward a degree.
Rigorous professional and personal development often occur outside the traditional
classroom, so Experiential Learning Credit (ELC) via work, volunteer hours, or even
things a person may think are not important toward a college degree, for example,
certain leisure experiences, can count for up to 30 credit hours.
Because adult learners often have to balance school with the demands of work and family,
each student is paired with an advisor who will help determine which degree program
is the best fit for that student’s personal and professional goals and will then help
map out a degree-completion plan.
Four information sessions will be held in April, so people can learn more about ways
to make their “experience count.” All sessions will run from 5 to 7 p.m., and parking
will be free. The session dates and locations are:
- Tuesday, April 16 – Memphis, main U of M campus, Michael D. Rose Theatre Lobby;
- Thursday, April 18 – Jackson, Lambuth Campus, 705 Lambuth Blvd., Varnell-Jones Administration
Building, Wisdom Parlor;
- Tuesday, April 23 – Collierville, Carrier Center, Room 116, 500 Winchester Blvd.;
- Thursday, April 25 – Millington, Millington Center, Room 132 A, B, & C, 6500 Navy
To register for any of these sessions, or for more information about how “experience
counts” at the University of Memphis, call 901-678-2716 or go online to www.memphis.edu/experiencecounts.