|1. Awards degrees on the basis of time served and credit earned.2. Bases degree requirements on the medieval formula of some
generalized education and some specialized education.3. Awards the degree when the student meets certain numerical
requirements.4. Considers the years from age 18 to 22 as the period when a first degree should be earned.
5. Considers the classroom as the primary source of information and the
6. Believes in printed text materials as the principal learning
7. Faculty must have appropriate credentials and degrees.
8. Credits and degrees are based primarily on mastery of course
9. Cultivates dependence on authority through prescribed curricula, required campus residence, and required
10. Curricula are generally oriented toward traditional disciplines and
11. Aims at producing “finished products” – students who are done with
12. To adapt the old Chinese saying, gives you a fish and feeds you for
|1. Awards degrees on the basis of competencies and performance skills.2. Bases degree requirements on an agreement between the student and the faculty, aimed at helping the student achieve his or her career,
personal, or professional goals.3. Awards the degree when the studentís actual work and learning reach
agreed-upon levels.4. Assumes learning desirable at any age, and that degrees should be available to people of all ages.
5. Sees any part of the world as appropriate for some learning.
6. Believes the range of learning resources is limitless, from the
7. Faculty are judged on competency and personal qualities, in addition to credentials and degrees
(take note: a non-traditional faculty must still be academically qualified).
8. Credits and degrees also take into consideration learning how to
9. Cultivates self-direction and independence through planned
10. Curricula reflect the studentís individual needs and goals and are
11. Aims at producing lifelong learners, capable of responding all
12. Teaches you how to fish, and feeds you for life.
|* Rick L. Walston, Walstonís Guide to Earning Religious Degrees Non-Traditionally (Longview, WA: Persuasion Press, 1997). pp 8,9|