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Prior Learning Assessment Fact Sheet

Note: This information has been provided by and verified by the institution listed as being current and up-to-date. Updated: 1 September 2012.

General Institutional Policies on PLA
Institution's PLA website: under "Non-traditional credit"

Maximum limit for all forms of PLA credits:
15 for combination of portolio and challenge exams
60 for combination of all other types of PLA and transfer credits

State 2-Year Community College average is 29.
State 4-Year University average is 52.

How can PLA credit be used?
• General education
• Major requirements
• Minor requirements
• Elective credits

Types of PLA offered:
For a list of the most common types of PLA and general information about each, please see this page.

For more information about the details of this institution's PLA policies compared to others, including required scores, accepted tests, and course equivalencies, please see this page.

• Portfolio Assessments
• ACE-Military
• ACE-Workforce
• Excelsior Exams
• Challenge exams
• International Baccalaureate (IB)
• Advanced Placement (AP)
• Certified Professional Secretary/Certified Administrative Professional
• Military Service-Basic Training
• Some TN Law Enforcement and Corrections Training

Programs accepting PLA:

• Communication and Theatre
• Professional Studies
• Health and Human Performance
• Medical Technology and Computer Science
• Criminal Justice & Information Technology
• All undergraduate degree programs (for elective credit only)

Do PLA policies differ from department to department?


Can PLA credits be transferred between departments and programs within this institution?

All forms of accepted PLA are transferrable internally.

Please note that when you change degree programs or majors, that some courses and credits may no longer be relevant and thus will not transfer.

Generally, general education courses and electives will transfer but courses in the major may not.

Do written policies exist?
General policies (under "Transferability of Credit")
• Military policies

Fees and other costs:
• CLEP - $15 per exam.
• DANTES/DSST - $15 per exam.
• Portfolio Assessment - $85 for required seminar + $250 for evaluation fee.
• Challenge exams - Ask department for details.

Note: These fees represent institutional costs only. Some external agencies (particularly testing agencies) have their own fees, which can be found in the descriptions here.

When do PLA credits appear on a student's transcript?

Following semester.

Do they accept PLA credit transferred from other institutions?


As an example, how do CLEP tests appear on a student's transcript?
They are displayed as transfer course work.

Other limitations that student's should be aware of:

Portfolio Assessment:
For general information about portfolio assessments, please see this page.

Do they offer portfolio credits?

Do they offer a course for students creating portfolios for assessment?
Non-credit seminar required.

Who assesses student portfolios?
Institutional faculty member, instructor, or staff member.

How do portfolio credits appear on a student's transcript?
They are indicated as transfer course work.

Student Facts
Number of PLA earners (2010-2011):

State 2-Year Community College average is 122.
State 4-Year University average is 224.

PLA Hours earned (2010-2011):

State 2-Year Community College average is 581.
State 4-Year University average is 4,343.

Average age of PLA earners:

State average is 28.

Contact Information
Institutional Contact for PLA:
Towanja Titington
Transcript Analyst Supervisor - Transfer Evaluation Area
(931) 221-6448

For more details about PLA at Austin Peay State University, including specific tests accepted, score requirements, and other details for each type of PLA, please see this page.