ACE Credit-Accepting Institutions


ACE is committed to expanding flexible pathways to postsecondary credentials through effective applications of credit for prior learning at colleges and universities. As part of our work, we have managed networks of institutions that support the success of adult learners through the acceptance of ACE credit recommendations for military training and occupations, workplace training, and nontraditional education experiences.

As part of ACE’s new strategic framework, we will scale these efforts and leverage our historical work into thought leadership to build the capacity of our member institutions. 

Current Initatives

Apprenticeship Pathways

In partnership with the Charles Koch Foundation, the ACE Apprenticeship Pathways project will link employers and higher education institutions as a part of an active network to help connect apprenticeships with career and educational opportunities.

By translating learning across contexts, ACE aims to expand engagement with occupational standards and competency frameworks, support institutions to articulate experience into meaningful degree programs, and assist employers in filling high-demand jobs.

In support of these goals, ACE will evaluate 10 individual apprenticeship programs for college credit recommendations and workplace competencies based on input from postsecondary institutions and employers.

As a thought leader in both connected learning and quality assurance for an expanded postsecondary landscape, ACE will publish the outcomes from the project in the form of guidance and toolkits on the ACE Engage® digital learning platform.

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Future College Pathways

Supported by a generous grant from the ECMC Foundation, ACE is embarking on a two-year project that will help prepare students for the future by launching a network of higher education institutions guaranteeing to accept ACE credit recommendations, from select providers, to support flexible academic completion pathways.

Our pilot project will include five initial colleges and universities that have agreed to support learners through a transparency, actionability, and guarantees (TAG) approach. Utilizing this approach, both learners and colleges will have greater insight and control of their data and will be able to leverage better information to make decisions about educational investments. 

ACE is currently researching programs and developing preliminary governance polices for the network and will provide additional details, including the list of colleges and universities participating in the pilot project, when they are available.

If you have questions about our future college pathways, contact our team at

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Former Initiatives

The Alternative Credit Project

ACE established the Alternative Credit Project​™​​ (ACP) to encourage greater acceptance of adult learners’ alternative credit and create a more flexible pathway toward degree completion.

The project began in 2014 and grew to include 53 colleges and universities that guaranteed to accept all or some of the 104 ACE credit-recommended courses in the project that were offered by six participating nontraditional general education course providers. Colleges agreed to accept the courses for direct transfer credit toward a student’s degree program and share anonymized data with ACE on the ACP students’ retention, persistence, and success.

The ACP grant-funded project formally ended on March 31, 2018. However, many of the participating institutions listed below ​continue to guarantee acceptance of the nontraditional course provider offerings. Learners can select from the institutions listed below for updated information about the courses these institutions agree to accept. ACE is grateful to these institutions for their commitment to increasing access to quality education opportunities and postsecondary attainment.

Learners can also reference the ACE National Guide for updates on the credit recommendations for courses previously included in the ACP, as well as all ACE credit-recommended courses from employers and nontraditional providers.​​

​NOTE: Because the ACP has ended, students should contact the registrar or admissions offices at listed schools to confirm that credits articulated under the ACP are still being granted to new students.​

​​Download ACP Final Report (PDF)

​ACE Credit College & University Partnerships

The Credit College & University Partnerships network was established to provide a list of member institutions that had articulated polices for accepting prior learning for credit, including ACE credit recommendations.

Over time, the services provided to ACE member institutions have evolved to focus on smaller, more defined, and transparent ecosystems with guaranteed credit acceptance pathways. Therefore, this list is no longer actively maintained. However, many of the participating institutions listed below ​continue to support the acceptance of nontraditional course provider offerings. ACE is grateful to these institutions for their commitment to increasing access to quality education opportunities and postsecondary attainment.

ACE will continue to provide online resources and tools to help institutions develop credit for prior learning (CPL) policies and enable efficient pathways for learners to utilize their credit recommendations.

​NOTE: Because the College & University Partnerships network is no longer active, students should contact the registrar or admissions offices at listed schools to confirm that credits for prior learning are still being granted to new students.​

Support Resources

​If you are interested in learning more about how your college or university can implement credit for prior learning policies, how to best support learners, or partnering with ACE on thought leadership around these issues, check out our additional resources below.

For Colleges and Universities
For Colleges and Universities
Learn how to interpret ACE credit recommendations and award credit for prior learning.
When you join ACE, you join over 1,700 colleges, universities, and education associations that promote and advocate for students, faculty, and administrators.

 The Military Guide

Explore military training and occupations carrying ACE recommendations.

The Military Guide

 The ACE National Guide

Discover corporate training, certifications, exams, and alternative educational programs with ACE credit recommendations and validated competencies.

The National Guide