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Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Program

In some cases, non-traditional learners may petition for credit for learning acquired in a variety of ways including work experience, reading programs, voluntary reading and discussion groups, radio, television, and a variety of other methods. Whenever possible, such learning should be tested through such standardized tests as CLEP. Often a faculty member or consultant who has a strong background in the area must evaluate the learned materials on an individual basis. Students wishing to have an assessment of prior learning should discuss procedures with the appropriate academic dean. The applicant will be expected to present a detailed written statement (portfolio) explaining the learning experience and requesting a specific number of credits. In some cases the applicant may also be asked to undergo a lengthy oral inquiry. Credits may be granted only if:

  1. The evaluator determines that the learning has been of college level.
  2. It is an area usually covered by college courses.
  3. It relates appropriately to the projected degree program of the applicant.

Prior Learning Assessment credit is considered transfer credit. A maximum of 60 semester hours of prior learning credit may be awarded with no more than 77 semester hours of total transfer credit.

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