A new credit system called the prior learning assessment will be heading to University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) and its soft launch planned for later this week.
Outgoing UCCI president Roy Bodden is aiming to give workers a chance to use their experience to help them earn their degree faster. The prior learning assessment was announced at the UCCI’s recent graduation, it’s a new programme allowing people to use their work experience as a credit discount.
“For whatever reason people may have found it challenging to come into University College and spend a lot of time studying, but now they can remain at work while they go to school. So they can earn while they learn,” said Mr. Bodden.
So how does the prior learning assessment work?
“For example, if someone was working in accounting for 15 or 20 years, it is assumed that they have some knowledge of the accounting principles. These will be ascertained and they will be given credits towards a degree in accounting which will then shorten the time that they would have to spend in the formal classroom,” said Mr. Bodden.
As for adults who may be worried about students fresh out of high school being in their classes.
“What people care about, particularly mature people, is that they will be in a class with their peers and not necessarily with high school-leavers. The programme is designed for the mature learner,” said Mr. Bodden.
Mr. Bodden said with job experience, mature students can see almost half the required credits shaved off.
“They may be awarded 25 credits towards a Bachelor’s degree which means they may only have to take 30 are 35 more and that would be easy,” said Mr. Bodden
This Thursday (29 November) UCCI will be hosting the soft launch on the new learning system at the Sir Vassel Johnson hall starting at 6:00 p.m.