American Council on Education (ACE)

American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended that CBT Planet's e-Learning course library including IT, Desktop, and Business and Professional Development content, be eligible for college credit. According to ACE content specialists, all of whom are active or emeritus college and university faculty, CBT Planet offerings are comparable to college-level programs and are now eligible to be used as transfer credit at participating colleges and universities across the U.S.

About ACE

The American Council on Education (ACE), founded in 1918, is the major coordinating body for the nation's higher education institutions. ACE is dedicated to the belief that equal educational opportunity and a strong higher education system are essential cornerstones of a democratic society. Its approximately 1,800 members include accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities from all sectors of higher education and other education and education-related organizations. ACE is a forum for the discussion of major issues related to higher education and its potential to contribute to the quality of American life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ACE's College Credit Recommendation Service?

The ACE College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) provides a mechanism for Fortune 500 corporations, associations, labor unions, government agencies, schools, training suppliers, etc., to have their training courses, apprentice programs, and examinations reviewed for college-level equivalency.

In addition to coordinating reviews of courseware, CREDIT publishes an annual National Guide listing all ACE approved programs, and manages a transcript service enabling learners to receive transcripts of completed approved courseware.

Does ACE's College Credit Recommendation Service give out college credits?

No, they only make college credit recommendations. Individual learners can take these credit recommendations to colleges and universities and ask for credit based on the recommendation of ACE.

Do all colleges and universities accept ACE credit recommendations?

ACE works with a large network of what they call "Cooperating Colleges". Cooperating colleges are accredited colleges and universities that agree to consider ACE college credit recommendations for courses. They agree to do so because they believe in the integrity of the ACE course review process and are committed to being adult learner-friendly institutions.

The ever-growing list of Cooperating Colleges contains several hundred institutions representing every state (plus Washington D.C.), and includes the full range of higher learning institutions, from 4-year Universities to Community Colleges to specialized vocational and technical schools (Devry, for example). ACE maintains an up-to-date listing on their web site.

What is involved in an ACE review?

The ACE CREDIT staff assembles a team of qualified reviewers, typically comprised of University professors and department chairs in the general subject areas being reviewed. The team meets and reviews the course content, making a judgment as to its suitability/equivalency to college level courseware. They look for a wide variety of things during their review, but specifically focus on the following areas:

  • Instructional design and course structure, including review of course materials
  • Breadth and depth of course content
  • Development process and standards
  • Assessment and validation

Following the review, the team makes credit recommendations, which are then entered into the National Guide.