3.35.1 Credit for Prior Learning Procedure
Part 1. Purpose of Procedure
Subpart A. Scope of procedure. The procedure defines the requirements for implementation of Policy 3.35 for evaluating and granting undergraduate credit to a student admitted to Central Lakes College for successful college-level learning gained in non-credit or experiential settings.
Subpart B. Methods of assessing credit for prior learning included in this procedure. Credit for prior learning includes a broad range of nationally recognized and locally developed examinations as well as the portfolio review or competence demonstration.
Part 2. Definitions.
Subpart A. American Council on Education (ACE). The American Council on Education is a coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions. ACE provides recommendations for granting credit for college-level learning obtained in non-college settings.
Subpart B. College-level learning. College-level is learning that meets college-level standards and results in credits which can be applied toward the requirements of a certificate, diploma, or degree.
Subpart C. Credit by examination. Credit by examination is a method of prior learning assessment that includes standardized examinations such as the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations; International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations; College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations; Thomas Edison College Examination Program (TECEP), Excelsior examinations, New York University Foreign Language Proficiency (NYUFLP) examinations, The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) assessments, DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), ACE endorsed examinations, and course-specific examinations designed by college or university faculty.
Subpart D. Credit for prior learning (CPL). Credit for prior learning is the outcome of a prior learning assessment by which a student earns credit for college-level learning gained in non-credit or experiential settings.
Subpart E. Portfolio review and competence demonstration. Portfolio review and competence demonstration are methods of prior learning assessment that include, but are not limited to, documentation review, candidate interview, performance assessment, product review, a combination of these methods, or other means.
Subpart F. Prior learning assessment (PLA). Prior learning assessment is the process of faculty evaluation of student learning obtained through sources other than college-level coursework.
Part 3. Implementation of Procedure 3.35.1. Central Lakes College shall implement a policy and procedure on credit for prior learning that includes the components listed below.
Subpart A. Prior Learning Assessments.
- Nationally recognized examinations. Central Lakes College shall provide opportunities for an admitted student to demonstrate college-level learning through nationally recognized examinations.
a. Credit by examination. Central Lakes College policy shall specify the type of credit by examination opportunities available to an admitted student. It shall also specify which courses qualify for credit by examination. The list of available credit by examination opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following options.1.1 Examination programs mandated by Minnesota Statutes and Board of Trustees policy.
Advanced Placement (AP) examinations;
International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations;
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations1.2 Other nationally recognized examination programs.
Thomas Edison College Examination Program (TECEP);
Excelsior examinations, New York University Foreign Language Proficiency (NYUFLP); National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI); DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
- Course-specific examinations designed by college or university faculty. Central Lakes College may provide opportunities for an admitted student to demonstrate college-level learning through course-specific examinations designed by college or university faculty. Central Lakes College shall specify which courses are available to an admitted student for credit by faculty-designed examination.
- Credit by portfolio review and/or competence demonstration. Central Lakes College may offer a student the opportunity to earn college credit through portfolio review and/or competence demonstration, and, if so, it shall specify which courses and in what areas qualify for credit by portfolio review and competence demonstrations. The student shall have the opportunity to submit evidence as appropriate to his/her degree program in specified areas of college-level learning for prior assessment. Central Lakes College may offer a course designed to teach a student how to prepare an effective portfolio; the institution may decide whether a student shall be required to take this course as a prerequisite to presenting a portfolio for evaluation. A student who is required to take such a course shall be provided an opportunity to appeal this requirement. If Central Lakes College elects to not offer assessment of learning through portfolio review or competence demonstration, the institution shall make available to students a list of system colleges and universities that offer this option to students.
- Prior learning shall be assessed by faculty in the academic discipline appropriate to the student assessment request as determined by college or university policy and procedure.
- Central Lakes College shall grant credit to a student who earns an institutionally determined score or higher on national examinations, including but not limited to DANTES, TECEP, and NOCTI. Minimum scores for earning credit set by Central Lakes College shall be easily accessible and available to students.
- Central Lakes College policy shall state that credit for prior learning shall be granted according to the standards and equivalencies of the American Council on Education or the equivalent.
Subpart B. Related Policies.
- Recording of credit granted. Central Lakes College shall record the credit earned through prior learning assessment on the official student transcript in compliance with Board Policy 3.29 and Procedure 3.29.1, College and University Transcripts.
- Fees for prior learning assessment. When applicable, a student shall be charged for the services related to the prior learning assessment process in accordance with Policy 5.11 and Procedure 5.11.1, Tuition and Fees.
- Resident credit. Central Lakes College shall grant credit for prior learning consistent with the residency and graduation requirements found in Board Policy 3.36 and Procedure 3.36.1 Academic Programs. Central Lakes College faculty shall determine whether faculty-assessed credit earned through prior learning assessment as specified in Part 3, Subpart A. of this procedure, shall be counted toward the residency requirement.
|Method of Prior Learning Assessment||Name or type of prior learning assessment as referenced in Part 3, Subpart A of Procedure 3.35.1||Counts as residency credits at the institution awarding the degree?|
|Credit by evaluation||1. Nationally recognized examinations.
1.1 Examination programs mandated by Minnesota Statutes and Board of Trustees Policy.
1.2 Other nationally recognized examination programs.
|Credit by examination||2. Course-specific examinations designed by college or university faculty.||No|
|Credit by portfolio review and/or competence demonstration||3. Credit by portfolio review and/or competence demonstration.||No|
- Transfer of credit. Credit for prior learning shall be accepted in transfer by Central Lakes College in accordance with Board Policy 3.37 and Procedure 3.37.1 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and Board Policy 3.21 and Procedure 3.21.1 Undergraduate Course Credit Transfer.
Subpart C. Credit for military training or service. Each Central Lakes College policy shall reference Minnesota Statutes §197.775, Subdivision 2, Recognition of Courses, which directs Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to recognize courses and award credit for a veteran’s military training or service if the courses meet the standards of the American Council on Education or the equivalent.
Subpart D. Student responsibility. A student seeking credit for prior learning shall provide requested supporting information for the prior learning assessment as specified by Central Lakes College’s policy and procedure.
Subpart E. College or university responsibility. Central Lakes College shall provide a student with timely and readily accessible information about opportunities for credit for prior learning in official publications, such as the college catalog, Web sites, and advising materials and a timely decision regarding the evaluation process.
Date of policy creation: 1/30/2017
Author: Nick Heisserer, Director of Enrollment Services
Date of implementation: July 1, 2017