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Eastern Oregon University recognizes that people pursuing distance education degrees often haveextensive learning from prior jobs, educational programs, travel, and other life experiences. EOUprovides multiple educational options in which this learning can be documented for academic credit,enabling students to apply their prior learning directly to their degrees. Accelerated Credit Options
Transfer CreditThe primary way to apply prior learning is through Course Credit Transfer. The content of transferredcourses may or may not fulfill the needs of particular EOU programs, but if analogous coursework isoffered at EOU, credit earned at other accredited institutions of higher learning will very likely transfer toEOU. Students may work with their academic advisors to determine potential additional credit matchesAPEL – Assessment of Prior Experiential LearningStudents with extensive life experience paralleling subject areas offered through EOU may enroll in APEL390 – 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 andpractical applications demanded by EOU programs by building a Learning Essay Packet. APEL culminatesin 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 betransferable to other institutions. Bonus: students pay reduced tuition per credit for APEL essay creditsthat are approved by faculty.ASL – Agency Sponsored LearningEOU may also grant credit for Agency Sponsored Learning (ASL) education and training provided byprofessional organizations. Students may receive credit for courses and training taken from non-degreegranting 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 thecourse/training must have taken place within required clock hours. You must provide documentationthat learning took place. Students pay reduced tuition per credit hour for Agency Sponsored Learningother than military. A maximum of 45 ASL credits can be used toward a degree at EOU.CLEP – College Level Examination ProgramThe 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 EducationStudents 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.
*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.