In addition to engaging in formal course work, adults at the School of New Resources are encouraged to use various kinds of Independent Study including student-initiated projects, internships, and video streaming courses. Independent Study assists adults in achieving competence in self-directed learning. Students may register for a maximum of 30 credits in the various forms of Independent Study.
To register for Independent Study, students must (1) be in good academic standing; (2) have completed all introductory level degree requirements; and (3) have received academic advisement to determine whether independent study is suitable to their abilities and interest.
Each student-initiated independent project carries from one to four credits. In preparing a proposal for the project, students must meet with an advisor or mentor to assist with the description of learning objectives, resources, methods, schedules, evaluation criteria, as well as level and number of credits being sought. A group of students can choose to do an Independent Study together. However, each student must register separately and prepare an individual proposal. Prior to registration for Independent Study, students must see the staff member assigned to advisement for Independent Study at their Campus.
The student’s final project and the final evaluation from the mentor are required for the permanent academic records.
Video Streaming Courses
Video Streaming courses offer students an alternative mode of learning which is convenient, stimulating and visually exciting. Each video course is a complete learning experience. The video streaming courses are accompanied by written study guides and/or required textbook assignments and the direction of a faculty mentor.
In addition to several face-to face sessions with the Mentor, students can contact the mentor by email and telephone. School policies regarding registration, withdrawal and grading apply equally to video enhanced courses. They are considered a form of Independent Study and are included in the maximum number of 30 credits in that mode which may be applied to the degree.
Credit for Prior Learning
The School of New Resources recognizes the value of experience which adults bring with them into a degree program. Thus, the School has always had a portfolio process by which adult students submit requests for credits based on learning from work and life experience. In the words of John Dewey, “ … there is an intimate and necessary relation between the processes of actual experience and education.” The portfolio process is an opportunity to articulate and claim college-level learning acquired outside formal programs of higher education.
Students who elect to pursue prior learning credits through the portfolio process must successfully complete the course, Prior Learning: Theory and Practice, where they learn to articulate, document, measure, and evaluate experiential learning. This course is offered through our internet based learning management system, Canvas.
A Portfolio consists of an autobiographical essay, degree plan, competency statements, narrative, and documentation. The narrative must include a theoretical component. Therefore, documenting sources using MLA or APA format is required.
Students can earn up to 30 credits for prior learning by submitting one or more portfolios after they have completed Experience, Learning and Identity, Modes of Analysis and completion of the course, Prior Learning Assessment/Portfolio. Submission of portfolios will not be accepted after a student has earned 90 credits. There are two portfolio submission dates within an academic year, November 1, and March 1.
Portfolios are assessed by an evaluation committee appointed by the Dean. Students will receive a written evaluation of the portfolio once the committee has completed its review. Credits are awarded in academic areas.
Students wishing to appeal the credits awarded for their portfolio should submit a letter appealing the committee’s award to the Associate Dean within four weeks of receipt of the evaluation. Appeals beyond this level are made in writing to the Dean.
Credit by Examination
College Level Examination Program (CLEP), designed by the Educational Testing Service, and College Proficiency Examination (CPE), designed by the New York State Board of Regents, are examinations designed to assess learning in areas where formal instruction has not been received. The policy at the School of New Resources is to accept up to 30 credits for examinations taken with passing scores but no more than 15 credits in the CLEP General Examinations. Guidelines for transfer credit apply.
Credits are also awarded for the Dante Subject Standardized Test based on credit recommendation from ACE (American Council on Education) . Students should see an assistant professor for more information.
Summer Institute and Travel Study
The Summer Institute and Travel Study programs provides alternate ways to earn college credits during the summer. Some courses are offered on weekends. Courses involve hands-on experiences, field trips, and opportunity for combined travel and study.