Accelerated Options

Eastern Oregon University recognizes that people pursuing distance education degrees often have extensive learning from prior jobs, educational programs, travel, and other life experiences. EOU provides multiple educational options in which this learning can be documented for academic credit, enabling students to apply their prior learning directly to their degrees. 

Transfer Credit

The primary way to apply prior learning is through Course Credit Transfer. The content of transferred courses may or may not fulfill the needs of particular EOU programs, but if analogous coursework is offered at EOU, credit earned at other accredited institutions of higher learning will very likely transfer to EOU. Students may work with their academic advisors to determine potential additional credit matches.

APEL – Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning

Students with extensive life experience paralleling subject areas offered through EOU may enroll in APEL 390 – Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning – APEL. APEL is a rigorous course in which the student, working with the instructor and other faculty, bridges personal experience with the theoretical and practical applications demanded by EOU programs by building a Learning Essay Packet. APEL culminates in the development of one or more essay packets that are evaluated by EOU faculty for academic credit; students may earn up to 45 credits with the APEL process. Note: APEL credits may not always be transferable to other institutions. Bonus: students pay reduced tuition per credit for APEL essay credits that are approved by faculty.

ASL – Agency Sponsored Learning

EOU may also grant credit for Agency Sponsored Learning (ASL) education and training provided by professional organizations. Students may receive credit for courses and training taken from non-degree granting organization such as military, corporation, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, and government agencies. The subject area must be within a discipline offered at EOU, and the course/training must have taken place within required clock hours. You must provide documentation that learning took place. Students pay reduced tuition per credit hour for Agency Sponsored Learning other than military. A maximum of 45 ASL credits can be used toward a degree at EOU.

CLEP – College Level Examination Program

The CLEP program provides the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through exams in undergraduate college courses. There are 2,900 colleges that grant credit and/or advanced standing for CLEP.  The exams are computer-based exams that permit immediate scoring.*

ACE – American Council on Education

Students entering Eastern Oregon University may have college credit awarded for educational experience obtained in the military. Credit will be evaluated and based on the recommendation of the American Council on Education.

  • Eastern Oregon University accepts Straighterline credits that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) as recommend for credit on an ACE transcript. Straighterline is not an accredited degree-granting institution and their transcripts do not display credit values for courses taken.  ACE recommends all Straighterline courses for credit so students will need to send EOU a transcript from ACE to get Straighterline credits transferred. Transcripts received directly from Straighterline cannot be articulated.

*A combined maximum of 45 credit hours of course challenges, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), Agency Sponsored learning (ASL), and Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), may be applied toward the 180 credit hour degree requirement. A combined maximum of 60 credit hours of course challenges, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), Agency Sponsored learning (ASL), and Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), and practicum coursework may be applied toward the 180 credit hours degree requirement. No more than 93 non-grade credits (courses taken as S/U) may be applied toward the 180 hours degree requirement.