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Dr. Marcus Porter,
Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator

Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Sheridan Hall 302
Phone: (785) 628-4552

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Mon - Thurs

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Credit by Portfolio Evaluation

Students with significant life experiences (typically five years of work experience) may request credit based upon the creation of a portfolio for evaluation by department faculty members. The Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator in the Office of the Provost maintains a list of courses and departments that participate in portfolio evaluation process.

In some cases students will be allowed to use this method to document learning from non-regionally accredited schools, and workshops, or training programs. 

Students desiring to build a portfolio for credit should speak with their advisor and the CPL coordinator to determine if the process is appropriate.  Students must enroll in UNIV 099 Prior Learning Portfolio as the first step and will be guided through the expectations of portfolio creation under the advisement of the Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator and will be eligible to submit portfolios for up to 15 credits of prior learning credit consideration to participating academic departments at FHSU. The UNIV 099 course currently carries a 1 credit hour charge, but the 1 credit hour does not count towards graduation requirements or financial aid eligibility. Please refer to the university procedures for portfolio-based prior learning credit for more information. In addition to the tuition cost for UNIV 099, submission of portfolios fall under the Advanced Standing for Credit procedure and $25 per credit hour fee per credit hour requested.

The portfolio will be constructed by the student to present an autobiography showing where they have learned the material, followed by an essay based in the Kolb model of experiential learning detailing how the course learning objectives are met by what the student already knows.  The portfolio will include documentation to support the narrative.

Please contact Dr. Marcus Porter, Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator, in the Office of the Provost at or 785-628-4552 for more information.

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