YourPace is a personalized learning model developed by faculty who understand the challenges busy adults face when balancing work, family, and school. Delivered on a digital platform, our competency-based online programs are designed to leverage your previous knowledge and experience as you complete course modules aligned with a list of competencies. You advance to the next course module by demonstrating your mastery of the content—giving you the ability to earn your degree on your time, at your pace.
Discover the benefits of personalized online learning at UMPI:
“People take a break from their education for many different reasons. It may have been financial, a career move, or family commitments. UMPI’s competency-based education program offers adult learners an online pathway to complete their college degree.”
– Carolyn Dorsey, Associate Professor of Business, Executive Director of Competency Based Education
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the YourPace program is accredited by The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
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.
There is no limit to the number of credit hours you can transfer.
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.
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.
“You can put 20 hours into a course and pass over three days if you want to, or take a week off and not feel guilty or that you’re behind.”
– Chris Ferranti, UMPI YourPace Online Student