The Consortium for the Assessment of College Equivalency (CACE) developed the following set of review standards, adopted July 2015, to guide educational institutions in the evaluation of college-level learning and competencies delivered and/or verified through organized, structured learning experiences not sponsored for credit by an accredited college or university. Charter Oak State College is a founding member of CACE; the Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP) review process is in alignment with these standards.
Terminology used in the Standards
- Evaluator: The educational institution or organization that conducts the assessment of Non-Collegiate Instruction.
- Sponsor: The organization that administers and delivers the organized, structured learning experience or issues the credential being evaluated.
- Learning Experience: The specific Non-Collegiate Instruction or related learning that is being evaluated.
- Non-Collegiate Instruction: Organized, structured learning experiences not sponsored for credit by an accredited college or university. Non-Collegiate Instruction can take different forms including instructor-led training programs such as workplace learning and/or experiential learning verified through exam or other measurement of competencies such as professional licenses or credentials.
Evaluator Administrative Standards
- Written policies and procedures are in place for the evaluation of Non-Collegiate Instruction and award of credit.
- The Evaluator appoints an institutional representative to provide oversight of the evaluation process and ensure compliance with policies and procedures.
- Policies and procedures are transparent to all constituents, including the Sponsor and members of this consortium.
- Policies and procedures are reviewed and adopted by standard institutional practices and they are uniformly applied throughout the institution.
- The Evaluator ensures the review is conducted by a team that includes academically-qualified subject matter experts drawn from internal and/or external college faculty. Additional team members may include non-academic subject matter experts and facilitating personnel.
- Credit recommendations and awards align with the institution's accrediting agency/ies and federal and state requirements, as well as the institution’s own standards for recommending and awarding academic credit.
- The Evaluator establishes a time period for the validity of credit recommendations and the periodic re-evaluation of the Learning Experience.
- The Evaluator maintains records indicating institutional approval of the credit recommendations.
Relationship between the Evaluator and Sponsor
- The Evaluator has a screening process in place to determine eligibility for the review of the Learning Experience.
- The Evaluator provides the Sponsor with a summary of expectations for the review process.
- The Evaluator informs the Sponsor of its rationale for credit award/denial and has an appeal process in place.
- The Sponsor provides the Evaluator with materials sufficient to conduct its evaluation.
- The Evaluator’s fees are based on the costs of review, not the resulting credit recommendation.
- The Sponsor informs the Evaluator of any changes made to the curriculum during the credit recommendation validity period.
Learning Experience Oversight
- The Sponsor, and not a third party, has administrative control over the Learning Experience being evaluated.
- The Sponsor keeps verifiable records of all individuals who complete the Learning Experience for a minimum of five years.
- The Sponsor evaluates the student's learning with assessment instruments aligned to the learning outcomes.
- The Sponsor defines successful completion of the Learning Experience and has methods in place to assess and verify that completion.
- The Learning Experience is developed, administered, assessed, and/or delivered by individuals with industry appropriate credentials, education and/or experience.
- The Sponsor conducts regular reviews of instructor performance.
- The Sponsor conducts periodic reviews of curriculum and assessments.
Components of a Review
- The review team evaluates the Learning Experience to determine if it is clearly defined and measurable, appropriate to the stated learning outcomes and/or competencies, and delivered and measured in a manner consistent with college-level learning. Learning Experience components reviewed may include instructional methods, lesson plans, instructor qualifications, learning environment, relevant materials, topics covered, learning objectives, and/or assessment tools.
- The review team evaluates the outcomes and/or competencies of the Learning Experience to determine if they are consistent over time, location, and instruction.
- The review team determines the depth and breadth of the learning and recommends with justification the level of learning, the subject of learning, and credit amount, as warranted.
- The review team provides a formal written report documenting its determination and rationale.