Press Release

Franklin University Expands Affordability and Transparency Through New Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Planning Tool


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
(614) 947-6581

Columbus, OH (April 26, 2023)

Continuing its student-focused mission to provide a high-quality, relevant education enabling the broadest community of learners to achieve their goals and enrich the world, Franklin University is proud to announce the expansion of its MyTransfer Credit tool to now include Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Prospective students can now check the transferability of college courses and professional certificates, and training in real-time and compare degree programs to help find the best fit to maximize their time and financial resources.

Differentiating itself from other institutions that provide prior learning credit, Franklin University’s MyTransfer Credit tool and the addition of MyCertificates + Training provides a pre-application view of how to maximize career experience and educational investment for credits not found on a college transcript. To date, Franklin has pre-evaluated more than 500 work and life experiences for industry-recognized proficiencies, which equate to awarded credit for professional training, certificates, credentials, and licenses. Through this assessment, the University honors the learning that takes place outside of the classroom, recognizing that there are multiple pathways adult students take to completing a degree. Today, students have many sources for learning, from the military to massive open online courses (MOOCs), challenging all types of institutions to devise reliable and manageable methods for verifying college-level learning and mastery. 

“Franklin University’s approach to certificates and training creates a new world of transfer credit,” shared Dr. David Decker, president, Franklin University. “Expanding the breadth of consideration outside the traditional classroom, we recognize the value and individuality of each student’s unique path to earning a degree.”
The My Certificate + Professional Training assessment follows the American Council on Education (ACE) and National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) and adheres to the Ohio Department of Higher Education Career-Technical Credit Transfer guarantees. The University evaluates experiences from accredited institutions and organizations that are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Examples of approved credit include professional training (Police, Corrections, Fire, Paramedic), industry certifications (CompTIA, PMI, ISSA, CREST), certificates (Google, MedCerts, Welding, and Automotive), and credentials and licenses (SHRM, Series 66, CCNA, AHIMA).   

"During my initial meeting with my graduate advisor, I was thrilled to learn that Franklin values my Information Security industry certifications. Working together, we were able to see where my credentials could apply to my degree program. It was really exciting to be able to gain a head start before taking my first class!"-Michelle, Franklin Master’s student.

Using this new tool, students can save time and money toward completing a degree. As institutions of higher learning continue to demonstrate long-term value to learners, industries, and the communities they serve, making the learning process seamless, stackable, affordable, and accessible is imperative. Since 2017, Franklin students have saved more than $6 million by using prior learning credit to satisfy degree requirements.

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About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit, and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, masters, and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. Through agreements with partner institutions, the University also offers international academic programs, including its top-ranked MBA.

Franklin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Franklin University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

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