ACE launches pilot alternative credit program with 25 US institutions

December 17, 2014

The American Council on Education (ACE) has announced that 25 PSE institutions have signed on to participate in what is being called an “alternative credit consortium” intended to create more flexible pathways to PSE education for nontraditional learners. Colleges and universities participating in the pilot project will accept transfer credits from a selected pool of around 10 low- or no-cost lower division general education online courses. The program is intended to help adults who have completed some PSE but did not obtain a degree or credential, especially those who are first-generation, low-income students. “The institutions serving in this pilot project will play a valuable role in helping enhance the work we have been doing for many years in developing quality mechanisms for determining the credit worthiness of education, training, and life experiences outside of a formal education classroom setting,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. ACE News Release