UExcel: University credit by exam

I joined the Western Governor’s University board almost 10 years ago because I was enthusiastic about the idea of credits for competencies.  More recently, I’ve been investigating pathways to US universities for international students.  Given both of these interests, I was pleased to read about UExcel:

Two leading education providers, Pearson and Excelsior College, today announced the launch of UExcel, a new credit-by-examination program. UExcel provides students the ability to earn academic credit by taking computer-based examinations in a number of subjects. Excelsior College, an accredited, nonprofit distance education institution, will report this credit on a transcript, which can be submitted for transfer credit to the U.S. college or university of the student’s choosing. UExcel allows students who are interested in attending U.S. institutions to meet undergraduate degree requirements and demonstrate their ability to master university-level coursework while saving significant dollars in tuition costs. In addition, because these exams are offered globally, students can take a UExcel exam before leaving their home country.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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