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KNEXT Learning Recognition Program

The KNEXT Learning Recognition Program was created to enable students to identify, document and earn credit for college level learning through Prior Learning Assessment. Our program includes our Learning Recognition Course, where students learn to accurately organize their past learning through our portfolio development process. This portfolio is then evaluated by faculty trained in Prior Learning Assessment to determine if the student meets the requirements to earn college credit for their requested course(s).

Learning Recognition Course

The KNEXT 201: Learning Recognition Course is a self-paced, online course helps learners determine how prior experiences—including on-the-job training, problem-solving skills, and managing people and projects—could help them earn credit toward an undergraduate degree . Through seven content-rich modules, learners document their learning from prior experiences using an electronic portfolio building system. After successfully passing the course, learners can submit their portfolio for review, where it is then evaluated for college-credit recommendation.

Portfolio Development

Each portfolio features components that focus on learning acquired outside of the classroom from prior work and life experience. The portfolio allows students to clearly define their short- and long-term educational, personal and/or professional goals. Documenting this type of information in full detail provides deeper insight into students’ learning and allows for accurate assessment.

Portfolio Evaluation

Overall, there are five criteria upon which a portfolio is reviewed:

  • Explanation of applied learning
  • Evidence of college-level writing
  • Understanding of college-level learning
  • Course outcome attainment
  • Document alignment

Portfolio Feedback and Appeals 

After successful submission of the portfolio, students can expect to receive notification of their results within 3-4 weeks. Each course petition within the portfolio is assigned an individual evaluation form, clearly documenting how the students’ learning met (or did not meet) the evaluation criteria. A “Full Credit” recommendation is granted when that the learning, as demonstrated in the portfolio, is college-level and meets the criteria for awarding academic credit. Students that earn “No Credit” recommendations have the opportunity to appeal and request a review from a second evaluator. Requests for appeals must be made within 10 calendar days from the issuance of the credit recommendation feedback.