I was wondering what
you thought of Empire State College - I do not see it on your site.
I read that they give 36 credits for a subject GRE with a greade of 80%. If
I banked the 36 credits there, could I then transfer them to COSC, TESC or
ALSO - which of these 4 has the simplest Prior Learning Assessment system?
Many colleges and universities require only the
last quarter of the degree be earned in their institution. A typical 120
semester hour degree then, requires only 30 semester hours of new learning
at these institutions if 90 hours are transferred-in.
EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE
Empire State College (ESC), a constituent college
of the State University of New York (SUNY), requires a minimum 128 semester
hours credit be earned for the award of a bachelor degree. A total 96
semester hours may be transferred-in.
The difference between ESC, other such schools,
and the big three assessment colleges, is significant in terms of
flexibility, speed, and cost. This website is dedicated to getting readers
from non-degreed to degreed by the quickest, cheapest, most convenient, and
legitimate route available. If traditional degree programs are low-speed
meandering back roads, ESC offers a more efficient and economical cruise
along a broader two lane, highway. The BA in 4 Weeks focus is E-ticket
journeys along the autobahn at speeds limited only by a learnerís
Programs offered by ESC (and other institutions)
however, are certainly worthy of note, and discussion, and do represent an
alternative route that may best serve the interests of some.
PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT
I donít see much difference between the four in
terms of component parts (portfolio, exam, course, etc.) or in procedures
and methods. Differences mainly lie in the price. Other than that, I do to
see that overall, any one institution has a leg up on the others.
Individual differences and quirks do exist, of course and these
differentiating characteristics are discussed in BA in 4 Weeks.
36 HOURS CREDIT FROM EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE FOR SCORES IN THE GRE SUBJECT
Hmm. Seeing is believing. I found one live primary source reference to this
alleged largesse. Mark Israel cites another example in Usenet and
degreeinfo, but the link doesnít lead anywhere. What *is* true (and most
are unaware of this) is that non-specific, cursory but clear, reference is
made to the award of credit for GRE subject test by ESC in several of their
official publications. However, Iíve yet to find a verifiable, and
quantifiable example of implementation of the rule (who earned what credit
for what score, in what program, under what set of guidelines). Seeking
resolution, Iíve sent off the following to the ESC Office of Academic
Affairs . . .
Dear Ms. DeCrescenzo,
In one live revision of the ESC publication, "A STUDENT'S GUIDE -
CREDIT BY EXAMINATION", it states:
ďG. R. E. SUBJECT TESTS
The Graduate Record Examination Advanced Subject Tests (GRE) are
examinations offered in many different fields of study (the GRE also offers
general aptitude tests which are not translatable to credit). Content of an
advanced subject test is equivalent to a college major in the subject.
Empire State College may award up to 36 credits toward a bachelor's degree.
Check with your center assessment office for information on possible credit
for the GRE.Ē
I wonder if you might confirm that:
1. ESC awards credit for some minimum score in the GRE subject exams.
2. ESC will award up to 36 semester hour credit for some level of
performance in the GRE subject exams.
If indeed, statements 1 and/or 2 above are/is true, could you enumerate:
a. The minimum standard scores, or alternatively, the percentile rank,
triggering the award of semester hour credit at ESC?
b. The threshold standard scores or percentile rank required to qualify for
the award of maximum semester hour credit at ESC?
c. The number of semester hours credit awarded for the minimum qualifying
standard scores or percentile rank in the exam?
d. If statement 2 above is false, but statement 1 is true, what *is* the
maximum semester hour credit ESC will award for any score in the exam?
. . . . and Empire State College Replies:
The range of credits that Empire State College students can earn for
subject exams is 6 to 36 credits. The score for the minimum
is the 20-29th percentile rank. The score for the maximum credit
the 96th + percentile rank. They may not receive any other credit
their degree program in the field(s) covered by the exam(s). The credits
must fit within the student's approved Empire State College degree
Thank you for your interest,
Office of College Assessment Services