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"Experience Counts" for Adults Who Want to Earn a College Degree from the U of M

For release: April 8, 2013
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843

At the University of Memphis, experience isn’t just a good teacher; it’s more like a professor.

The U of M makes it easier for adult learners who want to start or finish earning a degree by allowing them to use previously earned college credit or college-credit-worthy experiences toward a diploma.  This provides an affordable way to accelerate not only a student’s education, but earnings potential as well.

Over the course of a lifetime, the average college graduate will earn a million dollars more than someone without a college degree. The University of Memphis wants to help make that possible, by means of Experiential Learning Credit (ELC) and previous college credits toward a degree.

Rigorous professional and personal development often occur outside the traditional classroom, so Experiential Learning Credit (ELC) via work, volunteer hours, or even things a person may think are not important toward a college degree, for example, certain leisure experiences, can count for up to 30 credit hours.

Because adult learners often have to balance school with the demands of work and family, each student is paired with an advisor who will help determine which degree program is the best fit for that student’s personal and professional goals and will then help map out a degree-completion plan.

Four information sessions will be held in April, so people can learn more about ways to make their “experience count.”  All sessions will run from 5 to 7 p.m., and parking will be free.  The session dates and locations are:

  • Tuesday, April 16 – Memphis, main U of M campus, Michael D. Rose Theatre Lobby;
  • Thursday, April 18 – Jackson, Lambuth Campus, 705 Lambuth  Blvd., Varnell-Jones Administration Building, Wisdom Parlor;
  • Tuesday, April 23 – Collierville, Carrier Center, Room 116, 500 Winchester Blvd.;
  • Thursday, April 25 – Millington, Millington Center, Room 132 A, B, & C, 6500 Navy Road.

To register for any of these sessions, or for more information about how “experience counts” at the University of Memphis, call 901-678-2716 or go online to

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