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Learn How to Make Your “Experience Count” at Information Sessions

For release: February 7, 2014
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The University of Memphis 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.

The University has scheduled four information sessions so individuals can learn more about the Experience Counts program. All sessions will run from 5 to 7 p.m., and parking is free. 

The session dates and locations are: Thursday, Feb. 13 – Memphis, main U of M campus, Brister Hall, room 220; Thursday, Feb. 20  – Collierville, Carrier Center, room 116, 500 Winchester Road; Thursday, March 6  – Millington, Millington Center, room 132 A, B & C, 6500 Navy Road; and Thursday, March 20  – Memphis, main U of M campus, Brister Hall, room 220.

After a lapse in enrollment, Aniysha Tate returned to school, finished her degree in December, and now plans to attend law school. “It was a blessing for me because I had worked so hard to get that close to the finish line,” she said. “I know there are other students like me who want the chance to graduate and are that close, but either the funding or something happens and they’re not able to. It was just so overwhelming to be able to walk across the stage with my degree.”

Over the course of a lifetime, the average college graduate will earn $1 million 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.

Because adult learners often have to balance school with the demands of work and family, each student is paired with an adviser 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.

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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