Macomb Community College grants credit for experiential learning when students can document that their previous learning, gained through life and work experiences, matches the outcomes of active courses. Each student is responsible for determining which current Macomb courses match the student’s personal and professional experiences. Students may receive up to 17 credit hours for Portfolio Credit for Prior Learning submissions. Macomb also offer additional Credit for Prior Learning options.

Steps in the Portfolio Credit for Prior Learning Process

  1. The student must decide if their learning matches what they would have learned if they had taken the course. In order to make this determination, the student should contact the department of the course they are interested in to obtain the Course Learning Outcomes for that specific course.
  2. If the Course Learning Outcomes match the student’s experiential learning, then the student may want to apply for Portfolio Credit for Prior Learning.
  3. The student should pick up a directional packet and portfolio dividers from one of our Learning Centers at South Campus (J-325) or Center Campus (C-116).
  4. Once the portfolio is completed, the student will fill out the Application and Evaluation Consent Form and then go to the Cashier’s Office on either campus and pay the $100.00 reading fee.
  5. The student will then bring the completed portfolio(s) in duplicate to the South Campus Learning Center (J-325) along with the receipt from the cashier’s office and government photo ID and submit the completed portfolio for evaluation.
  6. The portfolio will be evaluated by Macomb faculty. An interview, test, hands-on-demonstration or another method of assessing individual learning may be requested by the Faculty Assessor. Once the grading process is complete, the student will receive a letter from The Office of Records & Registration stating course information and the grade received.
  7. The student will have 30 days from the date on the letter to decide if they want the course and grade transcripted. In order to have the course and grade put on their college record, they will either mail or hand-deliver their award letter and tuition indicated in the letter to the Cashier’s Office at either campus. Once the total assessed tuition and fees are paid, the grade will be transcribed and will become a part of the student’s college record.
  8. In the absence of a student request to have the credit transcripted, the faculty recommendation will not be implemented.

Parts of a Portfolio

In order for a student to receive a grade for their Portfolio Credit for Prior Learning submission, they must document that they have met the basic course outcomes. In order to do so, they must pick up instructions and dividers at the South Campus (J-325) or Center Campus (C-116) Learning Centers. The portfolio contains three (3) sections.

Portfolio Sections

  1. Course Learning Outcomes
    All that goes in Section I is the Course Learning Outcomes provided by the department.
  2. Learning from Experiences
    Students will write a narrative explaining when, how and to what extent they completed the Course Learning Outcomes.
  3. Documentation
    Students will provide relevant documents that will confirm they have met the Course Learning Outcomes. This might include such things as volunteer service, conference and workshop attendance, certificates, letters from supervisors, and examples of work completed as well as other types of learning experiences.

As with all course/college presentations, the work should be neatly presented and care should be given to address all areas completely.

For additional information or questions, contact Ann Chirco (Center Campus) at 586.286.2201 or Julie Bogoff (South Campus) at 586.498.4183.

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