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Southern Oregon University

In Partnership with Eastern Oregon University

Adult students frequently have life experiences and education that can be used to gain college credit. Through a partnership with Eastern Oregon University, SOU Business Degree Completion Program students can document college-level mastery of curriculum by creating learning essays, which are merged into a final product called a portfolio. Portfolio essays are submitted and evaluated by Eastern faculty to determine if credit can be granted. A student can earn up to 46 credits with the portfolio process. Students have four terms, following the term in which the portfolio workshop is taken (APEL 390), to write and submit essays. Students who take longer than the allotted time will be required to pay an extension fee, may need to attend another portfolio workshop (at no additional cost), and will be subject to possible changes in degree requirements.

As the portfolio essays are submitted, Eastern faculty will review the work and decide how much academic credit is to be granted. When the entire portfolio process is completed, Eastern Oregon University will bill you $40 for each credit awarded. Those credits would then be transferred to Southern Oregon University.

Students who wish to pursue this option must attend an Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning course (APEL 390). This is a four-credit, two-day class that will be offered once a year, usually in the summer. Please call the program coordinator at 552-8151 or e-mail at to be put on a mailing list to receive more information and a registration forms when it becomes available.

You may already have credit to apply to a degree. You can save yourself time and money through participating in Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning.

Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL390)

Course Description: This class offers instruction in the preparation of a portfolio designed to demonstrate the knowledge a students has acquired through work experience and other formal and informal learning. Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning involves the documentation of learning experiences which were not under a college