I completed a General Motors apprenticeship program and have over 80
college credits with many in the construction field. The problem is that
was 35 years ago and perhaps the credits would not be accepted.
My question has to do with my unique life experience. I have served as Vice
President or President of Corporations for the past 23 years. I studied and
got my insurance license, my real estate agent license, my real estate
broker’s license, and my federal securities license. I have taken a half
dozen companies public (got them trading on the stock market) and raised
millions of dollars for them. I have developed about a quarter billion
dollars of real estate. I have 2 published novels, one more in editing, am
writing a biography and since I teach fiction writing, I have a new E-book
for writers. I will stop here; you get the idea. In my circumstance, would
you recommend presenting a portfolio for credits? The results being,
perhaps, I would only need to take a few tests. I will respect your
Well, you seem to be a slam-dunk for either examination
I think examination is the quicker, easier, and cheaper route, but
certainly, there may be ample documentary evidence of sufficiency there,
that you could portfolio an entire degree, twice over.
Firstly, take inventory of your antique academic credit. It may be
arthritic flotsam, but it is ALL useable as liberal arts credit. If you
chose to earn a liberal arts degree, it would probably prove to be the
fastest most convenient route. You could chose to do a major or graduate BA
or BS in Liberal Studies, then get on with the MBA. Alternatively, you
could do a Business degree. That might seem the logical choice. It may be
that in that case, because of the degree’s structure and specialized
requirements, there would be less opportunity to make use of all of your
However, after inventory of your Paleolithic credit, look to trying the
practice exams to determine how you might fair in any given subject. Perhaps
in particular, given your background, you should have a go at the ECE
Business exams. Try them all. Give yourself 30 minutes or less to complete
each, then have your wife score them (you want to re-use the resource, so
don’t look at the answers directly). If you score say 60% or above in all
the mock tests, go for the Business degree. Schedule the real exams via
Excelsior and Prometric, will take about an hour to book ‘em, if you pay by
credit card – you don’t need to be enrolled in any college. Sit the exams,
you will pass if you meet the performance level I’ve indicated (in the
You can book up to three exams per day. Each is three hours in length.
Expect to finish most in about one hour to 90 minutes. You could complete
the Business major by the end of the week. Then it’s a case of what you get
for your relics (pre-existing credit), and how much of the general Ed. part
of the degree they fulfill. Fill in any remaining deficiencies.
You may not
have macro and micro economics. If you do, fine. The are designated
“liberal arts” credit and thus have no expiration date. You will also need
one Ethics course. Take the ECE exam, Ethics: Theory and Practice. See my
book recommendations in the book section and comments in the Businesses
You will have to write that capstone exam, “Business Policy and Strategy”.
It may be **you** would require zero revision for this. It is in my opinion
the most difficult 3-credit ECE exam. This view seemed to be shared by the
Excelsior College staff I contacted. See my book recommendations and views
articulated in the degree manual. As I recall, study time was two or three
days, mainly because I was too cheap to buy the needed text before then.
We haven’t covered portfolio, I know. It is certainly an option. I just do
not see how it would be that you are going to need it. If it were quicker
or easier . . . While not as burdensome as many believe, it isn’t as cheap
or quick or as convenient as testing out. Remember that the object of
portfolio and testing out is the same. It is to demonstrate competence.
One other point to add on your licensure. It should be that these
certifications have been ACE evaluated and likely have currency vis-à-vis
the Business degree program in that they are less than twenty years old.
Credit derived from these would, if think, be directly applicable to the
Business degree core.