The RBA Degree Program is a non-traditional program that is designed for adults who are interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree.
The RBA Degree Program may be appropriate for persons who have gained knowledge outside the traditional classroom. For example, knowledge gained through professional experience may be comparable to that which is traditionally gained in the classroom. Students may demonstrate experiential knowledge through a written portfolio that is evaluated by appropriate faculty members.
Based on these evaluations, recommendations are made to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for the award of experiential credit.
Admission to the RBA Degree Program is accomplished in accord with the following regulations:
Admission is not available to those who have earned an accredited United States four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
Applicants may not be admitted to the RBA Degree Program until four years have elapsed since the graduation of their high school class.
Applicants currently under suspension from any college, university or institution may not be admitted to the RBA Degree Program until the suspension period has expired.
Applicants may not be simultaneously enrolled in the RBA Degree Program and in another degree program.
A student is considered for admission by submitting the statewide undergraduate admission application form to Concord University.
The applicant must also complete the Concord RBA application.
The RBA Coordinator will consider and rule on all applications for admission to the program.
Upon admission to the program, a student may earn credit in several ways:
Credit earned in regular degree work at Concord University or other accredited institutions of higher learning may be transferred into the RBA Degree Program. (State policies regarding transfer of credit between institutions will apply to students in the RBA Degree Program.)
PEP, CLEP, College-Level GED, USAFI, DANTES, and similar testing results may be acceptable for credit.
Distance education credits earned from regionally-accredited institutions may be accepted.
Credit may be awarded based on professional experience when requested by a student. The credit is awarded based on an evaluation of a portfolio which includes documentation of these experiences. The portfolio is submitted to the Program Coordinator. There is a fee of $300 for this evaluation regardless of the number of hours of credit which may be awarded. This fee will be charged each time a student submits any subsequent assessment of work not included in the initial submission.
A $10 per credit hour transcript fee, in addition to the evaluation fee, will be charged for each awarded and accepted hour. There is no upper or lower limit of credit awarded by this method.