Through the assessment process, you as the expert determine if the student’s learning is college level.
Determining College-level Learning
There is no one official definition for college-level learning. There are many approaches to defining it.
Defining college-level learning involves many factors, which the student and mentor discuss. College-level learning represents the ability to take knowledge and relate it within a particular context and to other contexts both within and outside a given field.
College-level learning involves:
- acquiring new information
- engaging critical inquiry
- analyzing, synthesizing and integrating the information
- situating the knowledge within a broader context
- demonstrating the ability to apply the learning.
Note: You will be asked to explain how the learning is college-level in your recommendation report. Your rationale for your determinations is very important to help the faculty make the final judgment on awarding credits.
Definitions of College-level Learning
Different researchers have defined college-level learning in their work.
- Global Learning Qualifications Framework (GLQF)
- The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
- Study on Faculty Perspectives of College-level Learning, Travers (2012)
- Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA, 2008)
- Knowledge Domains
Reviewing the descriptions of courses taught at other institutions in similar topics is another way to get an idea of what others have determined to be college-level in a specific field or discipline.
Accessing the College Source, a database to which the college subscribes that provides college catalogs and course descriptions, is an easy way to do this. (Your Empire State College PLA Planner log-in is required.)