Academic Recognition for Experiential Learning

Reference Number: S78-027
Senate Approval Date: Sunday, January 01, 1978

ACADEMIC
RECOGNITION FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING*


Academic Senate
Policy S78-27


At its meeting of February 7, 1978, the Academic Senate
approved the following policy:

The motto of the University "experientia docet"
(experience teaches) reflects its long history as a teacher training
institution. But the experiential
learning tradition has grown to be characteristic of many other programs. By Fall 1976 there were internships and
other field experience courses in every School of the University with a total
of nearly 2000 fieldwork enrollments.
In addition to these formally-sponsored fieldwork courses, the
University also recognizes college-level learning acquired from prior
experience, provided that it is judged to be creditable by faculty members in
the appropriate area.

I.

DEFINITION OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Experiential learning is defined as academic achievement
outside the traditional classroom-laboratory-library campus environment. It is the college-level learning
which sometimes results from work experience, volunteer service or other
structured activities. The
University recognizes two types of experiential learning: prior learning which has
occurred before academic recognition is sought by the student; and sponsored
learning
which is undertaken by the student as a planned educational
activity approved in advance by the University.

II.

TYPES OF ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

San Francisco State University gives academic recognition
for experiential learning in three ways: 1) placing students in advanced courses; 2) waiving
appropriate requirements; and 3) awarding units of credit.

III.

THE ROLE OF THE FACULTY

Academic recognition of experiential learning, prior or
sponsored, and whether the recognition is in the form of placement, waiver of
requirements or actual units of credit, must be reviewed and evaluated by
faculty members who are qualified in the field of study in which recognition
is requested, and must be in accordance with criteria approved by the
appropriate Departmental or program curriculum committee.

IV.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

A.

Amount of Credit

Credit for prior experiential learning will not exceed 30
units including any units for experiential learning which may be accepted, as
a result of system policy from other institutions. The faculty in any academic program may set additional
limits on the number of experiential learning units accepted, or required,
for majors or minors in that program.
No credit for prior learning will be entered onto the transcript until
the student has successfully completed 30 units of resident study.

B.

Credit by Externally-Developed Examinations

Credit will be granted for passing the examinations listed
below provided that the credit does not duplicate that awarded for coursework
or other examinations or evaluations, and provided that the student has not
already received more advanced credit in the same subject. Students who fail an examination may
not re-take it within one year.
Determination of specific course equivalencies is at the option of the
department or program faculty.

Examination


Passing Score

Units of Credit

CLEP, Math, General

50 (both parts)

3

CLEP, Algebra-Trig

49

3

CLEP, Calculus-Anal. Geom.

48

3

CLEP, Statistics

49

3

CLEP Gen. Chem

48

3

Advanced Placement

3, 4, or 5

6

Americ. Chem. Soc. Coop

50 percentile

3

Exam in Gen. Chem.

CSUC English Equiv.

Pass

6

CSUC Biology Equiv.

Pass

3

Credit for additional CLEP tests, in either the general or
subject areas, may be granted only if approved by the faculty in the subject
matter units which are concerned.

C.

Credit by Campus-developed Examinations or Evaluation

1.

For Specific Courses

Matriculated students may obtain credit by examination in
some academic areas as determined by each department and approved by the
instructor and department chair.
Credit by examination forms are available in department offices.

The examination will be comprehensive and searching. A grade and appropriate grade points
will be recorded on the student's permanent record. Credit by examination may not be counted towards the
residence requirement of the University. A student who registers as an auditor may not earn credit
by examination in that course.

2.

For General Studies Categories

Credit by evaluation for experiential learning (CEEL) is
designed to meet the needs of students whose university level prior learning
experiences can be evaluated for credit towards the general education
requirements of the University.
Credit is offered only after a comprehensive and searching evaluation
by a faculty member in the area for which credit is sought and approved by a
team of assigned faculty members.

V.

CREDIT FOR CAMPUS-SPONSORED EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Credit for campus-sponsored experiential learning
(internships, field study, cooperative education) is awarded to students who
enroll in, and complete the requirements for, courses approved for the
University Bulletin and taught by faculty in the appropriate University
programs.

VI.

CRITERIA FOR AWARD OF CREDIT

The evaluation of experiential learning, prior or
sponsored, for academic recognition will be accomplished by faculty members
to ensure that:

1.

The learning identified is university-level learning;

2.

Recognition of experiential learning is related to the
individual student's overall academic program;

3.

When credit is granted it does not duplicate credit
already included on the student's transcript;

4.

Credit is granted only after a comprehensive and searching
examination of evaluation of demonstrable learning; and

5.

Only learning, not experience per se, is recognized as
worthy of academic credit.

These criteria will be applied by faculty members to
determine that credit is granted only for university-level learning which
includes appropriate theoretical, historical and conceptual knowledge and
competence.

**APPROVED BY
PRESIDENT ROMBERG ON APRIL 19, 1978**


* This
statement applies to undergraduate students. For graduate study, see the Graduate Bulletin.