2019–2020 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2019) 
    Oct 17, 2021  
2019–2020 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Center for Degree Acceleration

Return to: Section 8. Student Support Services  

The Center for Degree Acceleration provides multiple pathways for students to accelerate their time to degree completion and reduce the cost of their program of study. The Center helps undergraduate students by providing multiple pathways to demonstrate college-level learning acquired outside of the classroom and earn college credits including: 

  • Allowing students to easily transfer previous college-level courses or an associate’s degree.
  • Serving as the point of contact between enrollment specialists and student success advisors to enable students to foster earlier degree completion.
  • Offering guidance to students on ways to obtain academic credit for college-level learning through a portfolio development course.
  • Instructing students on other options to earn credit by examination.
  • Providing guidance on the Accelerate into Master’s (AIM) programs.

Awarding Credit for Learning in Nonaccredited Institutional Settings

Walden University may also consider awarding credits in recognition of learning that occurs in nonaccredited institutional settings. These settings might include businesses, corporations, government agencies, training providers, or institutes. To be considered for credit awards, an organization must provide a complete submission of all curricular components to be evaluated by a faculty subject matter expert for academic alignment and meet the following conditions:

  • The educational quality of the learning experience to be transferred meets the standards of the university.
  • The nature, content, and level of the learning experience is comparable to that offered by the university.
  • The learning experience is appropriate and applicable to the university’s programs, in light of the student’s educational goals.

Note: The faculty evaluator can recommend various levels of credit transfer including requiring the use of prior learning assessments to meet academic requirements. The recommended credit transfer cannot account for more than 25% of the total degree program requirements.