Preparing for Life Achievement Evaluation
Students are not automatically entitled to or qualified for these credits, nor is anyone obliged to apply for them. (Because of weighty majors, some individuals do not need these credits and do not even apply for them.) You become eligible to apply for life achievement evaluation upon completion of the Basic ACE Seminars, and you must not yet have earned your 80th credit. The number of credits awarded depends on experience. Some students receive no life achievement credits; others earn a few, or an average of 8 to 12, or, in exceptional cases, the maximum—36 credits.
Application for evaluation requires effort and adherence to strict guidelines. You must participate in an orientation, and, after some counseling, prepare your supporting portfolio(s). You will need to present prior learning experiences in clearly written form with documentation. The ACE staff will supply forms for organizing these materials. Applicants are solely responsible for the validity, accuracy, authenticity, and organization of all materials. After you complete your portfolio(s), ACE will dispatch them to appropriate academic departments. Credit evaluation is carried out exclusively by these departments, and their decisions regarding the awarding of credits are final.
Types of Life Achievement Credits
Depending on the substance of the portfolio you prepare, academic departments can award course-equivalent credits and/or elective credits. When prior learning is substantial and identical to that gained in a college course, academic departments may award course-equivalent credits—actual credits for courses offered by name and number. These credits usually may be applied to fulfill the college's requirements; you will need to confer with various academic departments about using them for some majors. Elective credits without specific course numbers may be awarded for more generalized learning in an academic area. Life achievement credits are not assigned letter grades and are not averaged in the calculation of your grade-point average. They will appear on your Queens College transcript according to their categorization as either course equivalents or electives.
Basic Prerequisites and Eligibility
Only matriculated ACE students who have completed eight of the fourteen general education courses may apply for life achievement credits. You should apply as soon as you are eligible—when you are nearing completion or have just completed your eighth general education course. You must apply before earning your 80th credit. Exceptions to the 80-credit limit are occasionally made when transfer students inadvertently exceed the limit due to a large number of transferred credits added to the general education requirements.