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Independent Learning Pursuits

Independent Learning Pursuits (ILPs), are opportunities through which SNL students can be awarded competency for prior college-level learning experiences obtained through a variety of means: for example, professional development in the workplace, courses and workshops in non-accredited programs (thus not normally eligible for direct transfer credit) and independent learning—whether pursued at home, workplace or school. The learning experience serving as the basis for an ILP may have been accomplished prior to arrival at SNL or alongside a student's studies at SNL.

Typically, competency via an ILP is demonstrated by submission of the ILP Submission Form, plus an artifact, document or other evidence that addresses the criteria of the competency sought. Competency-based creative visual arts projects can be demonstrated instead via on-campus participation in ArtShare. Certain credit-recommended or independently-accredited courses and programs may qualify as an Expedited ILP, which requires the Expedited ILP Submission Form, plus the transcript, certification, grade report or other documentary evidence of successful completion of the course or program.  See ILP examples and ILP Frequently Asked Questions.

Expedited ILPs

SNL has authorized the following courses and programs as eligible for submission as Expedited ILPs. Submissions must include the Expedited ILP Submission Form and evidence of successful completion of the program or course. The ILP submission is subject to review and approval by SNL before competence may be awarded. For more information, see the Instructions​ and Expedited ILP Policies and Procedures.

To determine whether courses have been assessed by the agencies given above, visit the institution's website where the courses were taken—usually the "About" section of the institution's website will usually identify such assessment. It may also be useful to visit the credit-recommending or accrediting agencies' websites where online directories are provided.