Excelsior College expands accessibility to nuclear engineering technology degrees

ALBANY, N.Y., March 17, 2004 — Excelsior College has increased accessibility to Nuclear Engineering Technology degrees for employees of nuclear power plants by making it possible for them to obtain college credit for completion of college-level workplace training programs.

To determine whether training at nuclear power plants was equivalent to college-level courses, Excelsior reviewed the training programs conducted at nuclear power facilities that are accredited by the Nuclear Accrediting Board of the National Academy for Nuclear Training.

Review teams also visited a sampling of nuclear sites and obtained additional input from the nuclear power industry to complete the analysis. Excelsior then assigned credit equivalencies for the content that was common across the utility training programs.

“Nuclear plant employees need degrees to advance in an industry where demand is high for qualified employees,” said Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle, dean of business and technology at Excelsior College. “This is an important step that enables them to obtain college degrees in their field without having to leave their jobs.”

Excelsior, which has a long history of awarding college credit to individuals who successfully complete the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power training program, has offered a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology for 20 years.

The announcement enables civilian nuclear plant employees to earn between 15 and 37 core credits, and 24 to 52 total credits toward this 124 credit bachelor’s degree, depending on the specific accredited work-place training program they complete.

Excelsior’s Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

In addition, credit earned by successfully completing any of the 10 evaluated nuclear utility training programs may be used to toward the requirements of any Excelsior undergraduate degree, including its other bachelor’s and associate degrees in engineering technology.

This program is the latest in a series of efforts by Excelsior College to recognize college-level education that occurs in the workplace. Excelsior has forged collaborations with numerous associations in areas that dovetail with Excelsior’s curriculum for adult learners. Other programs to assess industry training for college credit have been completed for the insurance/risk management industry, criminal justice/police academy training, and military training.

Excelsior College is a specialist in the field of distance education. Founded in 1971, it is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Excelsior’s Bachelor of Science degrees in Nuclear Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Recognizing that college-level knowledge can be obtained in many ways, Excelsior provides access to many different avenues for earning college credit, focusing on what students know, rather than on where or how they learned it.

Undergraduate credits are earned through a variety of accredited sources, including traditional classroom courses, for-credit exams, distance learning and online courses, and military and corporate training. Excelsior’s graduate degrees are delivered online. Through these means, the college makes associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees more accessible to busy, working adults. The American Council on Education (ACE) recognizes all Excelsior College Examinations for the award of college-level credit.