Bachelor's Equivalency Approval
The IGE degree program is not
offered on an undergraduate level, however, many students integrate
our courses into their
Bachelors program at other schools. You may also obtain a Bachelors
Degree equivilency waiver and proceed with the Master's Program.
Call 360-378-6313 for updated information,
Goals and Process
Petitions to determine an equivalency
of the the Bachelors Degree are granted when a candidate has
successfully completed the IGE Orientation
Course and thereby documents that they have the ability to
meet Degree goals and work on a Bachelors level. In this regard
the critical question and argument is: Can the candidate show
that they are as or more skilled, experienced and competent than
a person just out of College with a Bachelors Degree? If so,
you have no doubt graduated with equivalent education from UofHK,
the College of Hard Knocks. You should therefore, like any other
candidate, be entitled to enter our advanced degree program based
on your adequacy and interest in the IGE Orientation Course materials.
(This also holds true on an MS level towards Doctoral work; see
To "graduate" from
UofHK, IGE has the student provide a formal portfolio evaluation
relative to professional achievement, non college and college
training. This may be done with Bachelor Equivilency degree
programs that we will suggest. The cost is between $600-$1700
depending upon the route or option you take . Be sure to call
Dr. Cohen for complete information 360-378-6313.
Follow the application instructions
for BA equivilency waiver on the Application
IGE EQUIVILENCY OPTION
Less expensive programs are
sometimes available depending upon the candidate's experience
to date. Be sure to inquire as to alternative options.
After or during completion
of the Orientation
At IGE, the student itemizes
each element of prior learning with proposed college equivalency
credits (1-6 credits each). Each item will be included in a listing
attached to a summary written by the student as a paper justifying
an alternative award of the Bachelor's degree. IGE will assist
the student in gathering all required documentation, transcripts,
and written materials needed for the review. Students will submit
the entire document in a three ring binder with a Table of Contents,
student narrative cover letter guiding the reader through the
materials in chronological fashion, and letters of support will
be included from IGE (from two IGE co-faculty). The fee for this
equivalence determination is $1700.
The Petition for an Bachelors
equivalence determination consists of a convincing argument that
honestly integrates the candidate's background and experiences
A. Cover Page with
- title of the proposal
- candidate's name,
- email address
- present occupation or profession
- date of completion of the
Orientation Course: Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship
and name of course co-facilitator.
B. Opening Statement that conveys an overview of why the
candidate believes they have the equivalent of a Bachelors Degree.
This is a goal statement of up to 500 words with regard to your
education and dedication that leads you to believe you can learn
to use, teach and research the Natural Systems Thinking Process
on an advanced degree level.
C. Candidate's Overview
and Integration Convincingly
show you presently operate on a Bachelor's level of competency
personally and professionally with respect to your professional
interests. This statement is like a Bachelor's project or thesis
with the subject being "Documentation to Show that ________(your
name)_____ Works and Relates on a Bachelor's Level of Competency."
Make this document as strong as possible. Prove your point by
the way you develop and organize this document. Mentors in the
cooperative will help you formulate your statement. Please include
1. Subject area:
Please state here the main area of interest or expertise where
your present skill levels and relationships demonstrate that
you have equal or superior abilities to a person with a Bachelor's
2. Prior training and experience:
Please state when, where and how you gained each of the skills
you list below and the number of hours spent in learning and
practicing the total of all the skills listed.
For each skill or competency
you list (for example: writing, counseling, recovery, computer
operation, public relations, outdoorsman ship, research, accounting,
therapy, communication, philosophy, photography, music, a related
1. Document that you
perform this skill as well as others who have a Bachelor's Degree.
(Cite your performance record, commendations, letter(s) of support
from qualified observers, supervisors, co-workers, or clients)
2. Document how, when and where
you learned this skill (through transcripts, certificates, letter
from instructor, observers, samples of work, )
3. Document how many hours
you have spent in a) learning this skill, b) improving it and
c) performing it.
4. Submit two letters of recommendation
that state you perform at a Bachelor's Degree level in this skill.
5. Name two books you have
read that have assisted you in learning this skill.
D. Create a personal archive of references and documentation
that have been referred to in the previous sections including
samples of work done, copies of certificates etc. when possible.
Be prepared to have this archive examined, if and when so requested.
E. Submit two letters of
personal recommendation that
convey your character, honesty, adequacy and ability to relate
F. Identify areas where you feel you could improve
and will continue to educate yourself to become skilled on
an Bachelor's level.
G. Additional Information may be added here that you think will
be helpful in making this equivalency determination
NOTE All responses to this
Application should go to the
Department of Integrated Ecology at IGE firstname.lastname@example.org
After you obtain information
about the Project NatureConnect program from this web site by
using the Navigation guide (left column), a free, helpful 15
minute discussion by phone with a faculty
member is the most effecient way to customize the program
to your goals.
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