UExcel: University credit by exam

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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.

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities, Getting Smart and The Power of Place. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

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