Richland College - Credit for Experiential Learning

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Credit for Experiential Learning

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Experiential learning allows students to receive college credit for equivalent educational experiences acquired through earlier schooling situations, work/on-the-job training or life experiences. Upon enrolling in Richland College, a student may petition for a review of their experiential learning experiences.

Experiential learning credits may be earned through a portfolio assessment:

  • through enrollment in an existing section of a course (after consultation with the instructor) and development of an individualized plan for participation and testing based on the instructor's evaluation of skill and experience levels;
  • through recommendations of the College Credit Recommendation Service of the American Council on Education;
  • or any one of several other experiential learning opportunities.

The number of equivalent credits awarded may not exceed 25% of the total number of credits required for the specific degree or certificate. No graduation, residency, degree or certificate program requirements will be waived as a result of credits earned through this process.


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Richland College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Richland College.

Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression.