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
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 www.memphis.edu/experiencecounts.