Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Question of the Week
Many adults return to college after being out of school for years. During that hiatus they have often worked jobs, raised a family, and done volunteer work in the community, amongst other things. Returning students often feel that all of their life experiences should count for something. They see their learning outside of the classroom as being just as important as what is learned inside of a classroom.
Some colleges agree, and grant academic credit for life experience. According to the City University of New York, During the course of their career, adults often develop skills and knowledge that are equivalent to college coursework.
What do YOU think? Should adults who have been out of school for years be given credit for "life experience" in lieu of having to take all of the courses traditional students must take to obtain a degree?
Why or why not?