Course Matrix Crosswalk project launches

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At last month’s grants retreat, Dr. Janice Aanenson from CAEL, officially kicked off the launch of the Missouri Credit for Prior Learning crosswalk project, which will ultimately develop a statewide credit for prior learning course matrix crosswalk to national standards.

Through the project, CAEL will guide Missouri’s colleges through a process that will define standards and procedures for aligning course outcomes with those developed and recognized by key industries.

One of the first tasks that needs to be completed is for each college to establish a campus task force. To help assist in this process, CAEL provided a scope of work and deliverables which you can access here.  These task forces will be essential to the project and need to be formed as soon as possible. They should include the following:

  • Registrars
  • Testing Center Employees
  • Veterans Advisors
  • Advising Staff
  • Financial Aid
  • Marketing
  • IT
  • Director of Curriculum & Assessment
  • Admissions/Enrollment
  • Continuing Education
  • Department Chairs
  • Students

It was noted that while C4PL should be a faculty-run program, faculty should not be included on the task force.

The plan is for CAEL to conduct an analysis of 2 courses per college. They have provided a task/priority tracker spreadsheet for each college to develop its own crosswalk matrix, and these spreadsheets will later be combined into a master spreadsheet which we will use to further organize how we tackle the project across the state.

Dr. Aanenson, noted that an important item to consider is how many clicks it takes to find C4PL on your college’s website. You may want to discuss this with the department that manages your website if it takes more than three clicks to find information about C4PL.

CAEL plans to conduct a total of 6 webinars. These webinars will provide a forum for colleges to receive support and guidance, check in with other colleges, and address any challenges in the process of course evaluation for the crosswalk document. One webinar already took place; however, the remaining 5 will start back up in November 2016. Then in January 2017, CAEL will begin visiting each campus and meeting with campus task force members.

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