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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. Overview. Who we are Where we come from

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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


Overview

Overview

  • 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


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

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


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

  • International Business Practicum

  • 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)


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

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.


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

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.


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

  • Prior Learning Assessment

  • 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.


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

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


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

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

ThankYou

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

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

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


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