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The YourPace program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle represents competency-based learning at its best, allowing you to progress through earning your undergraduate degree more efficiently, while focusing on the learning you need. Since not everybody is familiar with this approach, here are answers to frequently asked questions about YourPace at UMPI.

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What is YourPace?

The UMPI YourPace program is an innovative, competency-based way for you to earn your degree on your terms. The programs are delivered in online, eight-week sessions, using a digital platform. Each course you take is built around learning modules with embedded competencies. You progress as you demonstrate mastery of each competency. Once you demonstrate mastery of all the competencies, you have completed the course. Since you determine how many competencies to complete during each eight-week session, you have more control over your schedule and how quickly you progress toward completing your degree.

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What is a competency assessment?

In competency-based education, the goal is to help you focus on what you need to know and then to demonstrate the specific competencies that you have learned. Demonstrating competencies within a subject can take many forms including interactive discussion questions, quizzes, case studies, projects, papers, and more. The course content builds your understanding, preparing you for the final assessment where you demonstrate mastery of the competency.

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How much will my degree cost?

YourPace is a flat rate tuition program. It costs $1,400 per eight-week session and you can take as many courses as you like, as you progress at your own pace, during that session.

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How long will it take me to complete my program?

That depends entirely on you! If you have a lot of prior coursework to transfer in and the freedom to dedicate a lot of time to your coursework, you can complete the program in as few as 18 months. The amount of time it takes is dependent on the number of credits transferred in and the time you have to study and complete your competency work.

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Are YourPace programs accredited?

Yes, the YourPace program is accredited by The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

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How many credit hours is a YourPace program?

All of our YourPace programs lead to a Bachelor’s degree, which requires a total of 120 credit hours.

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How many sessions can I enroll in each year?

There are six sessions offered each year with each session lasting eight weeks.

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How can my experience help me earn my degree?

Your real-life experience and prior knowledge counts! Using competency assessments, you can quickly earn credit for what you already know. Proving your knowledge by satisfying competencies through assessments means that you may significantly shorten the length of time it takes to complete your degree, as well as decreasing the total cost of the program.

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How can I earn credit for my prior work experience?

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) represents a process designed to give students course credit based on prior knowledge they have gained through experience outside of the classroom. We have a variety of different options that are available to you as a YourPace student and these include testing, certifications, and portfolio creation. You can get much more information on this process here.

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How many credit hours can I transfer?

There is no limit to the number of credit hours you can transfer.

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How many competencies can I take in a session?

You can take as many competencies as you can successfully complete within an eight-week session. Your advisor will work with you on scheduling to help ensure you are maximizing your time within the program.

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How does grading work in YourPace programs?

Grades are based on the final exam. We utilize quizzes, practice questions, and interactive discussion questions for each objective within the competency to help prepare you for the final. These exercises are not graded and can be taken as many times as needed to achieve mastery. Once you have completed each objective and take the final exam, a minimum score of 80 is required to pass the competency. Learners may take the final exam up to two times to meet the minimum competency qualification and receive credit for the course.

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Are YourPace programs financial aid eligible?

YES! YourPace programs are fully eligible for financial aid. To learn more contact: Laurie Boucher at laurie.boucher@maine.edu, or at 207-768-9512.

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What if I have questions about an assignment or need help with a technical issue?

The faculty and staff at UMPI are dedicated to your success. You will work with an Academic Success Coach who will meet with you as little or as much as you would like in response to your needs. Generally, students prefer to meet weekly for one-on-one consultations. Our faculty are also readily available to answer any questions you may have about the content of your course or program.

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What are the technical requirements for taking a YourPace program?

Internet access and Microsoft Office are required for the YourPace program. Free student versions of Microsoft Office are available here.

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