National Test-Based Evaluation Tool: CLEP
One option for earning credit for knowledge you already have is to take the CLEP (or other regionally accepted exams). CLEP is offered through The College Board and is recommended by the American Council on Education. CLEP is the best test-based option to earn college credits.
Champlain Knowledge Evaluation Tool (C-KET)
C-KET offers students the opportunity to reduce the number of courses they are required to take for an undergraduate degree program by successfully demonstrating they already have the competencies associated with select courses. Students may enroll in a C-KET course after they have completed at least one term at Champlain College Online. There is a select list of courses available for C-KET credit. Please speak to your academic advisor to determine if there are courses available for your program.
How Does C-KET work?
Students will work with their advisor to identify courses for which they believe they already have mastery of the material. They will then discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of using C-KET versus taking a course. If the student decides to proceed with C-KET, their academic advisor will register the student, the student will pay a non-refundable $250 fee per C-KET, and the student will have up to 7 weeks to access the timed assessments. Once the assessments are submitted, a Champlain College Online evaluator will review the student’s work, and determine a pass/no pass result. If the work receives a pass (grade of C or higher), the student will receive credit for that course, and it will appear on the official Champlain College transcript as a Non-Course Equivalent with a grade of “P.” An unsuccessful C-KET attempt will also appear on the official transcript with a grade of “NP” for no pass, but will not affect the student's GPA.Because C-KET is designed to evaluate prior learning - and is not a self-paced course - the student will not be provided with any course materials.
The maximum number of potential credits a student can earn through C-KET is 60 for a bachelor’s degree and 30 for an associate degree. Since C-KET is considered as non-institutional credit at Champlain, a student may not exceed a total of 90 credits for a bachelor’s degree and 45 credits for an associate degree for credit earned through a combination of C-KET and other awarded transfer credits.
Portfolio Assessment of Prior Learning (CRIT 200)
Through this course, Champlain College Online offers admitted undergraduate degree students an opportunity to demonstrate skills and knowledge from work and other life experiences equivalent to courses included in their degree programs. CRIT 200 uses a guided workshop and feedback approach to help students develop portfolios to request credit for these outstanding degree requirements. Each portfolio is then evaluated by a Champlain College faculty subject matter expert to determine whether credit will be awarded.
This course is only for students who have been admitted to a Champlain College Online associate or bachelor’s degree, and who have had their degree audit completed. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact your academic advisor to discuss a plan for earning prior learning credit that could include both testing and portfolio options, depending on your background and outstanding requirements