Continuing Studies

Beginning in September 2013, students continuing their education may earn academic credits, start or complete an Associate of Arts or Science degree, earn a first or second Bachelor’s degree, complete a professional certificate program, or take courses for personal enrichment through a new division of the College designed for professional advancement and adult learners.

All areas of study and degrees in the new Division will be open to men and women to pursue their personal educational goals. 

Credit for Prior Learning

Students in the residential undergraduate programs of the College, as well as in the new division for adult learners, can receive academic credit for nontraditional learning and competencies. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) affords students the opportunity to earn credit for work and life experience through a portfolio assessment process. Up to 44 CPL credits in the residential undergraduate BA program can be earned for nontraditional learning that has occurred since graduation from high school. 

To be eligible, a student must be matriculated in a degree program and currently enrolled. Credit may not be awarded more than once for the same body of knowledge; for example, credit granted through the CPL process cannot duplicate credit gained through transfer credit. Students who participate in the CPL process must submit a portfolio within one year of matriculation. Credit must be applied in an appropriate area with regard to the requirements of a particular degree. Credit granted should be comparable in nature, content, and level to courses offered at Pine Manor College. In all cases, appropriate documents must be included with the completed application for evaluation credit.

The CPL Portfolio

The Credit for Prior Learning portfolio presents persuasive evidence of college-level learning and includes the following:
1. An introductory essay that presents an overview of the student’s academic plan. It links past experiences and future goals with an academic plan within the Pine Manor College curriculum. The essay is both reflective and speculative in nature, enabling a student to gain greater understanding of her past achievements and to clarify her goals for the future.
2. A persuasive credit request essay for each course for which Credit for Prior Learning is sought. Full or partial credit may be requested for a course.
3. Direct documentation of experiential learning in the form of reports, memos, brochures, correspondence, notes, or other direct evidence produced by the student that substantiates the learning activity.
4. Indirect documentation of experiential learning in the form of letters from supervisors, customers, suppliers, coworkers, or others who can substantiate evidence of the learning activity.
At the time the portfolio is submitted for evaluation, a $450 portfolio fee is due. Contact the Dean of the College (x7106), for further details.