Non-Traditional Credit

Documentation of Prior Learning
Students may earn credit for prior learning that may apply toward the Wilmington College degree. There are three avenues for requesting credit: waiver, experiential learning or proficiency examination. All requests for credit for prior learning must be initiated by the last day of the semester in which students have completed 90 hours or by the last day of students' third semester (whichever comes later). Please consult the Office of Academic Records with further questions.

Waiver

  1. Students seeking to waive the ENG101 Writing II requirement must see the area coordinator for the Humanities. For physical activity waiver consideration, students must see the area coordinator for Health, Physical Education, and Athletic Training. Students seeking to waive any other coursework in the General Education requirements must submit all such requests to the Office of Academic Affairs by the end of the third semester enrolled. 
  2. Students seeking to waive coursework in the major field of study should consult with the academic area coordinator or the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty. Final approval must be obtained through the Office of Academic Affairs.
  3. Students seeking waiver of coursework required for teacher licensure should consult with the Education area coordinator.
  4. There is no charge for a waiver.
  5. No credit is granted for a waiver; the student is exempted from completing a required course.
     

Experiential Learning

  • The maximum number of semester hours a student can earn through Experiential Learning credit is 15.
  • All Experiential Learning credit will be posted as IDS397 electives and will fulfill no general education, major, minor, or teacher licensure requirements.
  • Students applying for Experiential Learning credit develop a portfolio which is evaluated by a portfolio assessment committee. The portfolio and recommendations are then reviewed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs for final approval.
  • Students must submit all materials to support a request for Experiential Learning credit according to the following guidelines:

A.  Students who start at Wilmington College with fewer than 90 total hours must submit their experiential learning portfolio by the last day of the semester in which they have completed 90 hours or by the last day of their third semester at Wilmington, whichever comes later. In practice, a student with no transfer work would most likely use the 90-hour mark as a deadline, whereas a student who transfers in 88 hours would use the three semester deadline.

B.  Students who transfer to Wilmington with 90 hours or more must submit their experiential learning portfolio by the last day of their third semester.

C.  Students may submit only one experiential learning portfolio in their Wilmington career.

Extensions: It is the student's responsibility to complete the experiential learning portfolio within the designated time period. If there are extenuating circumstances, students may petition the Academic Standards and Appeals Committee for an extension. Portfolios should be submitted to the office of the campus where the student is enrolled.

  • Experiential Learning credits do not count toward fulfillment of the 30 minimum hour requirement for graduation nor do they count for the residence requirement.
  • No grade is given for Experiential Learning credit hours and the credits are recorded on the transcript under the title "Experiential Learning."
  • Decisions made by the evaluation team are considered final. Students who think they were evaluated unfairly may petition the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • A non-refundable submission fee equivalent to one semester hour of tuition is charged when the portfolio is submitted. Upon final assessment and acceptance by the student, there will be an addition fee of 50% of the applicable tuition rate for each credit hour accepted. The submission fee will be applied to this total.

Proficiency Examinations

  • Any regularly enrolled student may apply for permission to take a proficiency examination in a course listed in the Catalog, subject to the following restrictions:

A. A student may not take a proficiency examination in any course that is a prerequisite to one for which the student has already earned credit.

B. A student may not audit a class prior to taking a proficiency examination in that course.

C. A student may earn no more than 12 credit hours by proficiency examinations.

  • In courses where the final grade is based on a portfolio, such as COM355 Intermediate Photography, the proficiency examination may be in the form of a portfolio. (Note: A portfolio that has been reviewed for Experiential Learning credit may not be reviewed again for Proficiency Examination credit and vice versa.)
  • Proficiency Examination credits will not count toward fulfillment of the 30 minimum hour requirement for graduation nor for the residence requirement.
  • Students must:

A. Complete Proficiency Examination by the last day of the semester in which they complete 90 hours through Wilmington and transfer or by the last day of their third semester at Wilmington, whichever comes later.

B. Consult with the professor who will administer the examination. Permission to take a proficiency examination is not automatic, but is subject to the approval of the professor, the student’s advisor, the academic area coordinator of the discipline in which the exam will be administered, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

C. Obtain and complete the Proficiency Examination application from the Student One Stop Center.

D. Pay the non-refundable fee of $150 per exam.

E. Complete the examination.

  • The professor will evaluate the examination and submit the results to Academic Records. Course evaluation for all proficiency exams will be pass/no pass.

NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to complete proficiency examinations and their experiential learning portfolio within the designated time period. If there are extenuating circumstances, students may petition the Academic Standards and Appeals Committee for an extension.