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Credit where credit is due awarding prior learning credit to esl in a bas program

Credit Where Credit is Due: Awarding Prior Learning Credit to ESL in a BAS Program

North Seattle Community College

International Business

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Dr. Terry Cox, Dr. Honorio Todino, Mr. Jesse Cooley


  • Who we are

  • Where we come from

  • A bit about BAS degrees

  • A bit about our pathway and students

  • More on cultural competency

  • Prior learning assessment for cultural competency

  • Nuts and bolt

    Rules of engagement:

  • Ask questions anytime

  • If it appears to be a rabbit trail, we may defer until the end

  • Enjoy! We promise not to make you late for lunch

North Seattle Community College

  • One of four campuses in the Seattle Community College District

  • Established in 1970

  • Serves over 14,000 students each year

  • Introduced first Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in International Business in Fall 2013

What is a bas degree
What is a BAS Degree?

  • BAS = Bachelor of Applied Science

    • Otherwise referred to as an Applied Baccalaureate Degree

  • Pathway for students with 2-year technical degree to seek a 4-year bachelor degree

  • Emphasizes and incorporates applied, hands on learning in curriculum

  • First BAS programs in Washington State began in 2007

International business bas degree
International Business – BAS Degree

  • This degree was approved in May 2013 by State Board and first cohort of students began in September 2013

  • During degree development business owners, upper management and HR representatives in international businesses were interviewed

    • FedEx, UPS, Port of Seattle, Amazon, Boeing, Small Business Development Center, Red Arrow Logistics, Chambers of Commerce

    • All interviewees stress importance of graduates and employees that had cultural competence, awareness and sensitivity

I best pathway
I-BEST Pathway

  • Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training

  • 2 instructors working together

  • ABE/ESL students learn basic math and English skills in the context of workplace skills for a particular job pathway

  • Accounting I-BEST feeds the

    certificate which feeds the

    degree, which is aligned with

    BAS requirements.

International business bas degree1
International Business – BAS Degree

  • Cohort consists of 13 students and includes students born in China, Colombia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Zambia, Iran, Ethiopia, and the United States

  • All are naturalized citizens of the USA, but international students may apply for future years

International business practicum
International Business Practicum

  • Created IBN 350 – International Business Practicum

    • Student must work, volunteer or travel within a secondary culture and be immersed in the other culture

    • Cultural immersion should align with foreign language studies

  • Course Goal: To ensure all International Business students gain some exposure to a second language/culture.

  • Course Outcomes:

    • Discuss the culture of choice, and specific business practices unique to that culture.

    • Compare the culture experienced in the practicum to the student’s culture of origin.

  • Many students in the cohort grew up, attended school, and/or lived in other countries aside from the USA, making the USA their immersion experience and these students are eligible for credit for prior learning

International business practicum1
International Business Practicum

  • International business research on competencies

  • Radebaugh (2013) synthesized results of 6 studies

  • Pursue self‐awareness and continuous development

  • Pursue awareness and appreciation of others' differences

  • Develop ability to assess intercultural performance in social or business settings (Hunter, 2004)

  • Develop ability to identify cultural differences in order to compete globally (Hunter, 2004)

  • Develop a nuanced/complex understanding of culture as a concept and the deep/complex/dynamic nature of culture (Olson, Evans, & Shoenberg, 2007)

Prior Learning Assessment

  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) enables individuals to earn credit and recognition for the skills and knowledge they have already acquired.

  • Current changes in higher education, the economy and society in general provide the impetus and context for the development of policy and guidelines on assessing prior learning.

Prior Learning Assessment

  • Washington State attempts to provide adults with opportunities to earn credit for what they know and can do.

  • High education costs, scarce resources and pressure to acquire meaningful credentials have created the need for many adults to progress from where they currently are – not to repeat what they already know and can do.

  • Prior learning assessment methods include:

    • Portfolio development

    • Course challenge and oral examinations

    • Standardized tests

  • Assessment by portfolio is a process through which a student documents that college-level learning experiences have been obtained through non-college experiences.

Prior Learning Portfolio

Prior Learning Portfolio (adapted from Polk State College)

  • Cover page

  • Table of contents

  • Request for Prior Learning Assessment Credits form

  • Course syllabus/syllabi with detailed course learning outcomes

  • Autobiography

  • Resume

  • Goal statements

  • Chronological record

  • Multi-page essay about knowledge acquired/significant learning outcome in response to cross-cultural competency questions

  • Bibliography

  • Appendices

Practicum Fulfillment Options

  • Option 1: PLA for immigrants and foreign born students

  • Option 2: PLA for American born students with international experience

  • Option 3: Conventional option to take the course with cultural immersion options

    • College study abroad

    • Self-study abroad

    • Self-study in American ethnic community

Thank y ou

  • Dr. Honorio Todino – [email protected] 206-934-7504

  • Mr. Jesse Cooley – [email protected] 206-934-6131

  • Dr. Terry Cox – [email protected] 206-934-7798